She is a also a vital member of the CAPP 6 cohort which is nearing it’s graduation next month in Philadelphia. Connie came to CAPP seeking the data seeking and research behind what she has “always inherently felt and known”. When asked about the CAPP experience, she beamed that “this has been one of the best experiences of my life”.
During a conversation with a fellow student on social and emotional intelligence, Connie told a story about her mother, who traveled in the deep south in an era of extreme racial unrest as a Doctorate representative of the University of Pittsburgh, referencing how “she was always doing for others”. “My mother was always adopting countless people in need during the holidays”.
She also spoke highly of her grandmother, “a nurturing and spiritually grounded woman who was often sought out by extended family members”. Connie said, “Her wisdom and advice were often sought out during times of crisis and valued by many”.
We can see where Connie gets her sense of direction.
Connie’s mission and purpose statement reads, “I am a warm, open life force with powerful fragility centered in optimism and integrity. My purpose is to share my knowledge, experience, and spirituality through love and laughter”.
Connie’s emotional and social intelligence, textured with her insightful observations, help guide us towards a richer learning experience as she generously shares authentic wisdom and love with our class.
Connie is very active with Wings For Success, a non-profit organization in South Eastern Pennsylvania. In this role, Connie selflessly helps disadvantaged women learn to dress in appropriate work attire and to develop interviewing competence for upcoming interviews “so they can exhibit self confidence and develop additional life skills”.
She states, “We have a responsibility to share what we have with others and this is something I’ll always do”.
We asked Connie what she wants her “legacy” to be. She delayed in replying and then offered the most humble and poignant words: “I want to know that I made a difference in some way”.
Connie is, with complete certainty, an example of “making a difference”.
<This Student Spotlight was contributed by Evan Schmiedehaus>