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FAMU President Talks Empowerment And Success

Elmira Mangum
FAMU Office of Communications

Florida is home to some truly inspirational women, and the Capital City Country Club has invited many of them to speak at the annual Day of Dialogue events.  They start things off with a word with the perminent president of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

Florida A&M University's first permanent female president was also the first speaker at the country club’s annual Day of Dialogue- an event intended to highlight issues uniquely affecting women while celebrating their accomplishments.

“A leader must surround herself with people who can see the vision," said Elmira Mangum, speaking about her success. "For me, right now, at Florida A&M University, my vision entailed being the best in class, with an international presence that is student centered. That’s a lot, but that covers everything I want to do at Florida A&M.”

Mangum’s speech focused mainly on issues affecting kids and college students. And, while she occupies a powerful position, Mangum says she tries to take it day by day.

“What does it mean to be a leader? Well, I’m still trying to define that for myself," she mused, "because I’m just trying to be me.”

Mangum will also be accepting the Capital Outlook’s award for Person of the Year this evening, and was featured last year as one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 for her presidency at FAMU.

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