You hire the very best individuals for the team, right? That sentence use to be delivered with a wink and a nod in the back room of private social and networking clubs.

Everyone knew that there were ways to keep “those” people out of the running for senior positions. I’ve sat back with a jaded look at the new signing of equal opportunity legislation knowing that a new group of legislators could easily smudge the ink.

tiger_inSo what I have to share with you is good news so here’s to a loud TIGERS Roar.

Six individuals renowned for their work in removing barriers to equal opportunity in education and the workforce will be honored when The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) holds its 2013 Professional Development Institute, April 15-19, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC.

Awards will be presented by NAPE to:

  • Connie Gipson, Gender Equity Administrator (retired), California Department of Education, who will receive NAPE’s Lifetime Achievement Award;
  • Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), who will be honored with NAPE’s Public Policy Leadership Award (Legislative);
  • Dr. Lakshmi Mahadevan, Assistant Professor, AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M University, who will receive NAPE’s Rising Star Award;
  • Tegwin Pulley, Texas Director, NAPE STEM Equity Pipeline, and former Vice President for Workforce Development, Diversity and Work-Life Strategies, TI, who will be presented with NAPE’s Diversity in Technology Leadership Award;
  • Susan Rees, Director, Public Policy, Wider Opportunities for Women, who will be honored with NAPE’s Public Policy Leadership Award (Advocacy); and
  • Lorrie Toni, Perkins Director, Colorado Community College System, who will receive NAPE’s Unsung Hero Award.

NAPE’s Professional Development Institute – entitled “Igniting Innovation: Access, Equity, and Diversity” – is the premier professional development event for educators and advocates dedicated to removing barriers to equal opportunity in education and the workforce. NAPE’s Professional Development Institute equips participants with strategies and tools to implement practices aimed at igniting access, equity, and diversity. The Institute also allows attendees to network with educators, advocates, and others to discuss the impact of public policy on education and workforce development programs.

So Do You Want To Go?

The April 16 luncheon program begins at 12:15 p.m., followed at 12:45 p.m. by the keynote and 1:15 p.m. with the awards ceremony. Interested individuals can attend the entire luncheon program for $70. For information contact NAPE at 610-593-8038 or visit

About NAPE

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) is a consortium of state and local agencies, corporations, and national organizations committed to the advancement of equity and diversity in classrooms and workplaces.

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