Doty Encourages Women to Seek Inspiration
Marly Doty served as guest speaker at the annual Penn State DuBois Commission for Women Kickoff Luncheon. Doty is the campus student life coordinator, a Penn State DuBois graduate, and the 2011 recipient of the Burns Award.
Named for Professor of Speech Communication Janette Burns, who taught at Penn State DuBois from 1959 to 1975, the Burns Award is given to a full-time or part-time faculty member, staff member, student, or campus organization that has encouraged, supported, or mentored women or otherwise enhanced the campus climate for women at Penn State DuBois.
Doty spoke to guests at the luncheon, which was organized by the DuBois Liaison Committee to the university's Commission for Women. The Liaison Committee maintains a relationship with the Commission for Women at University Park and has its own individual agenda to support the needs of women in its area. The goals of the committee include supporting and distributing the work of the Commission for Women, identifying and advocating women's issues, developing and implementing educational programs on women's issues, and acting as a resource for individual women and their well-being.
During her speech, Doty praised the people, particularly women in her life, who have inspired her to succeed. She said, "I have been given some wonderful opportunities in my life to interact with some amazing women. I am the sum of those interactions and examples that have come before me. Because of my aunt and some of the wonderful women that I met in college, I was able to dig deeper, not because I wanted to, but because these women drew it out of me."
Also, Doty offered advice for anyone who could use a little inspiration, themselves, listing some tips and some of her favorite quotes. "Do something outside of your comfort zone every day; with each seed of adversity there is a seed of equal or greater benefit; today is the present and we should treat it like one," she said.
Annual events organized by the Liaison Committee to the Commission for Women at Penn State DuBois include the Clothesline Project and the Take Back the Night Rally, and special events for Women's History Month in March.