Ep #04: Empowering Women in Higher Education with Dana Cummings

Ep #04: Empowering Women in Higher Education with Dana Cummings


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Today we dive into the inspiring journey of Dana Cummings, a Fundraising and Advancement Leader, who shares her insights on navigating career challenges as a woman. Dana emphasizes the significance of lifting each other up and modeling positive behavior, highlighting impactful mentors who shaped her professional trajectory. She also opens up about her unique management style, prioritizing collaboration and empowerment over authority.

From balancing career ambitions with family responsibilities to overcoming obstacles, Dana's story offers valuable lessons on perseverance and resilience. Listen in as she delves into the importance of female representation in leadership roles and the need for continued support and mentorship for women in higher education. You will learn about the evolving nature of leadership, the power of embracing change, and more.

What You'll Learn

  • The value in understanding people and how culture works.

  • Who made a lasting impact on Dana’s career.

  • What Dana’s management style is like.

  • The challenges of building a career and a family at the same time.

  • What Dana is most proud of.

  • The value in having mentors.

Ideas Worth Sharing:
“Building a career and a family simultaneously is hard, so, how did I work through it? One foot in front of the other, one day at a time and lots of support from a village.” - Dana Cummings

“Higher education is losing out when we see women drop out. We’re losing out on their expertise, their perspective, their ideas, and their insights.” - Dana Cummings

“Leadership doesn’t have to look a certain way.” - Dana Cummings

Ep #04: Empowering Women in Higher Education with Dana Cummings