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November 19, 2003

(A Womans Journal – A blank journal with quotes by women).  “To err is human – but it feels divine”. – Mae West

Today, while in Alburque, NM, I spent the afternoon with Sally Smith.  We had a wonderful visit and a great dinner.  I told her a story, one that has been close to my heart lately.  I had the honor to go to Copper Center a year or two ago to present Certificates of Recognition to these high school girls who pledged sobriety.

Will Mayo, a leader that I’ve looked up to since I was a young girl was there to speak.

When it became my turn to speak, among other things, I thanked Will Mayo.  I shared with the audience something along the line of:

“I grew up in McGrath and Will Mayo came out to speak to us.  I want to thank you for doing that, Will, and I am grateful to see that you are still doing that.  Because you showed me that there was a place for me where I fit in.  A girl from a Trapping Cabin.”

While I shared this story with Sally, I cried.  It still touches me to feel how grateful I am for that.

I am now the Executive Director of a Statewide Organization.  It is amazing that this came to pass.  I am merely 33, and prepared personally and thankfully.

By Trudy Sobocienski

My blog, "Beyond Leadership" is a creative place to share my personal feelings and thoughts while working in leadership roles for a variety of Alaska Native organizations, both for and not-for profit entities.

An incredible leader and mentor of mine once asked while we were in Washington, DC, "What happened to you between the ages of 7-10 that motivated you to serve in a native leadership capacity". I was struck by that poignant thought and as such, include actual entries from my mother and my diaries beginning in the early 1970's.

I enjoy sharing these excerpts because it captures the parallels she and I were experiencing throughout life, from two separate worldviews. Hers as a young mother of four and mine as her eldest child.
I have never came across a book on leadership that lays bare a leaders personal feelings, thoughts, hopes, fears and dreams they were experiencing.

So for me, my goal is two-fold:

1. Share the incredible life my parents created for my siblings and I growing up in remote Alaska; and,

2) Sharing my humanity, through my personal diaries and journals, while serving as the youngest-ever President/CEO for the Alaska Native Health Board.

There are passages that will include significant policy issues I was working on throughout my career and travels. There are many more passages that do not.

I cannot speak for my mom's passages, because I am reading them as I share them here, with you; with her permission of course.

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