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A Woman's Perspective on Leadership & Service

Giovanna Meek reflects on the military, entrepreneurship, family, & ministry
March 23rd, 2017
12:00 PM


Banner image: Paul Klee, "Clarification", from The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984, NY Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Noon - 1:00 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)

Light lunch served beginning at 11:45

Join us for a discussion focusing on women and leadership with Duke University Divinity School student Giovanna Meek. Moderator Kelsey Graywill (Trinity '18) will lead the discussion about Meek's experiences leading a life in leadership and service as a military officer, arts entrepreneur, competitive sailing captain, and ordained member of the clergy. 

Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, The Penny Pilgram George Women's Leadership Initiative, and the Office of Civic Engagement.

Giovanna Meek

Giovanna Meek has served in many leadership positions: as a military officer, arts entrepreneur, counterterrorism consultant, business operations manager, founder of a 501(c)3, competitive sailing captain, ordained clergy, mother, and wife.  Issues around leadership have been a live discussion for Giovanna, even before she attended the US Naval Academy, where leadership classes are mandatory and students are graded on their leadership skills.  But, from her point of view, “leadership” more appropriately pertains to an ethos and a way of life, regardless of the job, title, or role.  Giovanna has had to deal with the multivalenced challenges of being a woman in predominantly male work environments, living in combat zones as a civilian, and working across cultures and languages.

Kelsey Graywill

Duke University

Kelsey Graywill is a junior premed student from Conifer, CO and is completing a program of study of her own design called Human Creativity: Empirical, Social & Neuroaesthetics, which explores the science and physical realities that underlie humans’ ability to be creative. She is a Melissa & Doug Entrepreneurs Fellow working on a start-up called The Art Clinic, and is involved on Duke’s campus as an executive member of duARTS, tour guide, research assistant in the Department of Neurosurgery and Health Humanities Lab, Women’s Leadership Initiative scholar, and various other leadership positions.