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As the mother of a very precious seven year old, I have to remind myself daily that her moments of extreme bossiness are really just the early signs of what will surely become her finely honed leadership skills. At least that’s what helps me sleep at night. If any true correlation can be made between a child’s precocious nature and their future ability to lead, the parents of the six women we profiled in this issue of Pensacola Magazine must have had their hands full! And, they must be insanely proud of their truly remarkable offspring. There can be no doubt that the Pensacola community fosters an abundance of great leaders and a remarkable number of them are women. I am inspired by their accomplishments, their leadership skills and their approach to both work and life. I hope you will be too.
In addition, Josh Newby’s article on women in STEM (cleverly titled STEMinists!) takes an inside look at the local efforts to attract more women to the sciences. Learn about some really great initiatives and programs from Pensacola State College, IHMC, the Mess Hall and more.
Speaking of cool women, I’m sad to say that Ballinger’s resident cool woman is moving on after nearly seven years at the company. We’ve watched Emily Echevarria grow into an extremely competent editor and a unique and gifted writer over those years and we will miss her quirky sense of humor and her impressive skillset. However, I wish her the very best in her next chapter. Happy trails, Emily!
Also in this issue, you’ll find articles and information on Pensacola’s best summer pastime—Red, White and Blues weekend. Go early and claim your spot for this must see event! Also, for those of you who have precocious daughters like me, be sure to check out the ultimate precocious little girl at Pensacola Little Theatre’s production of Pippi Longstocking. It’s sure to be a blast for the whole family. And finally, our good friends over at Ever’man Cooperative Grocery and Cafe bring you some delicious recipes for cool summer drinks, so be sure to try them at your next gathering or lazy Sunday afternoon.
Questions? Comments? Story Ideas? Please email Kelly Oden at Kelly@ballingerpublishing.com.
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