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   Kathy Stitts

1. Who are/were your role models for "giving back" to your community and how did they influence you?
I grew up in a family where community was family, so the concept of giving has always been a part of my life. My parents, who didn't have much financially, demonstrated how giving back can be provided in so many ways--volunteering, church service, board service, clothing drives, "Saturday" school, marches, and of course, financial (in whatever way they could). Thus, I have learned to utilize my time, talents and "treasures" to give back to my community in ways that matter to me. And so far, it has been a very beneficial experience!

2. What issues impacting women & girls are you most passionate about? Do you have any personal connection to any of these issues?
I am especially passionate about building self-confidence in girls and women, especially in the African-American community. I see so many girls and women sacrificing parts of themselves physically, mentally, psycholgically, and financially in order to gain acceptance in various circles, in order to feel loved, and in order to somehow seek validation. I believe that there are communities of people who can help these women and girls avoid the self-sacrifice by helping them build self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-LOVE!

3. What would you tell other women and girls about The Women's Fund to encourage them to get involved?
I would encourage other women and girls to attend one or more events of the Women's Fund--hear the stories, share the passion! The energy of the women in the room at any event is so empowering and so stimulating that a person will want to ask "how can I learn more?" After that, well---you are hooked!!

4. Tell us a little bit about yourself: 
Well, I LOVE people!! I get energized by being around dynamic human beings from all walks of life! As Associate Provost of Lifelong Learning at Winston-Salem State University, I have the opportunity to interact with diverse groups of students, faculty members, and community partners on a regular basis in order to help progress the mission of the University. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio (go Browns! go Cavs!) I still have family there, but if I don't see a white Christmas again, I think I'll be O.K. My college years were spent in Florida, and I have been here in Winston-Salem for over eight years. My mom and sister also live here now as well. I am currently serving on the Crosby Scholars Board, as Vice Chair of the Action Learning Coaches for Leadership Winston-Salem, and as a member of the PR Commitee of Hospice and Palliative Care of Forsyth County. I am also a member of the American Marketing Association, a member of the Winston-Salem Chapter of the Links, Inc., a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., I enjoy entertaining, traveling, exercising, cooking, reading, and when I have time---I would like to try--get this---relaxing!!!


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