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Valeria LassiterCreating a Legacy of Women Leaders

A little over 20 years ago, I achieved one of my life goals when I graduated from the School of Communication at East Carolina University (ECU). At ECU, I felt engaged and empowered by the many opportunities for leadership development provided through involvement in student government, the Expressions magazine and by serving on various campus committees. My ECU experience was further enhanced by off-campus activities like working in the Greenville community to elect the city’s first African American mayor, and holding down a third shift job at Pitt Memorial Hospital in the Pathology Laboratory. ECU created a practice ground and helped me to value the intersection of educational training, the importance of giving back to the university and of making an impact on the community.

As the new chair of the Women’s Roundtable at ECU, I am provided another opportunity to put my education, time, talents and resources to support our great institution and its exceptional students.  Thanks for visiting our website. If you are not a member of the Women’s Roundtable, I hope you will join now!

The Women’s Roundtable is a unifying organization that seeks to elevate and encourage leadership and philanthropy by women. Through its network of women graduates and friends of the university, the Women’s Roundtable is building a deeper volunteer pool of women for leadership roles at ECU, providing networking opportunities for women and raising funds for ECU’s Access Scholarship program and endowed scholarships for students.

One of our overarching goals is to connect with and support the 70,000 plus living female graduates of ECU. Our vision is to continue to help women to contribute to the legacy of ECU. This tradition of leadership was started by many women who came before us such as Laura Leary, the first African American student to be enrolled full-time at ECU and Janice Faulkner, a leader of excellence on the campus and in the state. We proudly stand on their shoulders.

We believe in the power of women to impact, in dynamic and sustainable ways, other women’s lives and our students, our university and the broader community. If you share this belief, come join us!

Valeria Lassiter
ECU Women's Roundtable