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Major General Marcia Anderson Shares Highlights from Her Journey as a Female Leader at the Spelman College Leadership and Women of Color Conference

Jul 22, 2014


Major General Marcia Anderson, deputy chief of the Army Reserve, recently spoke at the Spelman College Leadership and Women of Color Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Major General Marcia Anderson, deputy chief of staff of the Army Reserve.

The Spelman College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement created the Leadership and Women of Color Conference in 2004 to provide professional and personal development opportunities for emerging and established women leaders. The annual two-day event gathers successful leaders to share skills and knowledge to help women succeed in leadership roles. Major General Anderson addressed an intergenerational audience of Spelman College students, C-level executives, nonprofit representatives and community organizers at the conference.

During her keynote, she focused on how the Army Reserve embraces a fully diverse workforce, and expounded on why diversity in communities is a prerequisite to success. More than 40 percent of Army Reserve Soldiers are minorities; the highest percentage in the Armed Forces. The Army Reserve has the second highest percentage of females in the Armed Services at nearly 23 percent.

Major General Anderson stated that working in a diverse organization fosters awareness and increases knowledge of multicultural issues. The results are an increased respect for one another and improved working relations.





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