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Celebrating Three Inspirational Leaders

Last month, Banangkur Mustafa, the host of Let’s Talk Leadership with Banangkur, conducted an insightful interview with Lawandra Smith, a member of our iLead “family” and a Certified Master of The Leadership Challenge®. The podcast is dedicated to inspiring and motivating women on their leadership journey, making Lawandra Smith an exceptional choice for a guest.

Lawandra, who serves as the Director of Leadership Training for the Department of Family and Protective Services, was recently acknowledged for her remarkable 30 years of service. During this time, she has not only navigated the challenging realm of Adult Protective Services, working directly with investigators and supervisors but has also dedicated almost a decade to enhancing leadership development within the Department through her association with The Leadership Challenge.

Recognized for her unwavering commitment and exceptional leadership skills, Lawandra’s acknowledgment was well-deserved. However, she is just one of three remarkable women interviewed by Banangkur, all of whom have been positively influenced by The Leadership Challenge, either as participants or as Certified Masters. Among them are Dr. Heidi Miller, MD, representing the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and Meredith Garcia, CPDT, who serves as the Director of Professional Development for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

If you’re curious about how these highly influential leaders discovered their voices and led from their values, we invite you to explore the podcast series on Spotify here.


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The Leadership Challenge

iLead programs are grounded in the award-winning, best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner. This research-driven leadership development model illustrates how everyday leaders mobilize others to want to get extraordinary things done.

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