Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Lucienne Beard
The 19th amendment to the U.S. constitution granting women the right to vote was ratified on August 18, 1920. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage of this important legislation, the program committee is thrilled to announce our birthday luncheon keynote speaker, Lucienne Beard. Lucienne comes to us from the Alice Paul Institute (API) in Mount Laurel, NJ and will speak to us about Alice Paul, a legendary leader and her role in championing equal rights for women.
Lucienne has been involved at the Alice Paul Institute since 1994, first as a volunteer and later as a member of the non-profit’s first professional staff. She created the Alice Paul Leadership Program for girls encouraging and inspiring young women to pursue leadership roles. Serving as the Executive Director at API since 2012, Lucienne oversees the operations and strategic direction of the institute. In addition to her duties at API, Lucienne is a member of the board of directors of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites and on the national steering committee of the Votes for Women Centennial Initiative.
Ms. Beard is a sought-after speaker, especially during this anniversary year of the passage of the 19th amendment. We are thrilled that she could fit DKGNJ into her very busy schedule and hope that you will all join as on Saturday at the birthday luncheon to hear this dynamic speaker discuss the impact of New Jersey native Alice Paul on our lives.
International Guest Rebecca (Becky) Sadowski
DKG First Vice President
We are excited to announce that Becky Sadowski will be our guest from International headquarters at the 2020 DKGNJ Convention. Becky has been a member of the Society for 30 years and currently serves as International First Vice President. At the international level she has served as Second Vice President, the 2014-2015 Southeast Regional Director, and chair of the 2016 International Convention Steering Committee. Becky has also been a member of the International Golden Gift Fund Committee and chair of the Leadership Development and Membership Committees. She has served as chapter president as well as the 2003-2005 Tennessee State Organization President.
Becky’s DKG membership has provide many opportunities for personal and professional growth. She attended the Basic and Advanced Leadership Seminars in her state organization and is a graduate of the 1999 International Golden Gift Leadership Management Seminar. Becky is a frequent breakout session presenter and speaker at all levels of the Society. She was a keynote speaker at the 2005 SERC and has facilitated the Advanced Leadership Seminar four times in her home state of Tennessee.
Servings as a Special Education advocate has been Becky’s passion. Her career includes serving as a classroom teacher, a reading specialist, a Lead Teacher for the Memphis City Schools, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis, and a Special Education Specialist and Educational Consultant for Shelby Count Schools, as well as Head of the School of Education at Lambuth University. Becky has served as the President of the Tennessee Association for the Gifted and was a keynote presenter at the Tennessee Legal Education Conference on Special Education. She received the Jo Patterson Award in Gifted Education in Tennessee in 1996.
Married to her college sweetheart for 50 years, Becky has two grown children and enjoys spending as much time as possible with her four granddaughters. She is active in her church as well as in her community.
A “lifelong learner,” Becky often refers to one of her favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis – “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
Be sure to take a moment to talk to Becky during convention and get to know her as she could be the next DKG International President!