First African-American Female Waco City Attorney Presents Lecture

Nov. 9, 2009

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Leah Hayes, the first African-American female Waco city attorney, will present her lecture "Leadership in Public Life" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Morrison Hall on the Baylor University campus.

Leah is an experienced attorney with municipal law experience. She has years of experience negotiating land development agreements for public and private partnerships for schools, regional tennis centers and sports complexes and advising city inspection departments and building standards commissions. She is permitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Texas.

Hayes will discuss her leadership journey and what it means for women to gain leadership positions that are typically held by men.

"She will share with students her passion for public affairs. She is an empowering mentor and an insightful engaging leader in city planning and development," said Ramona Curtis, director for Academy for Leader Development and Civic Engagement.

The series is part of the Academy for Leader Development and Civic Engagement at Baylor. The academy hosts many lectures for students within the academy to engage in leading today's society.

The academy was established in 2004 by the Division of Student Life at Baylor. Each semester the academy hosts the series to introduce students to a variety of complex leadership issues.

Each series is devoted to one of the academy's leadership concentrations: leadership and contemporary social issues; leadership in public life; leadership in the church; and leadership through private enterprise.

For more information, contact Ramona Curtis at (254) 710-1294. The lecture will take place in Morrison 120. Morrison Hall is located 1410 S. 5th St. on Baylor's campus.

by Jessica Puente, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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