International Women's Day: Alumna Spotlight with Zara Marselian '20 (PhD), Leadership Studies

Dr. Zara Marselian
begin quoteI lift up the women in my life through caring mentorship, empowering women to achieve their goals.

March 8th is International Women's Day. To celebrate and recognize this day, we connected with some alumnae from the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, including Dr. Zara Marselian '20. Dr. Marselian is the President and CEO of La Maestra Community Health Centers.

Why is it important for SOLES to value the role of women in your profession?
Women are transformational leaders, focus on teamwork, are task-oriented, serve as role models, and engage staff at all levels in personal development. That is why it is important for SOLES to value the role of women in leadership positions.

How do you lift up the women in your life/community?
I lift up the women in my life through caring mentorship, empowering women to achieve their goals.

How do you choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequity?
I challenge gender inequity through advocacy and continuous organizational equity analysis of pay rates, advancement opportunities, and individualized personal development plans.

What do you hope is accomplished through celebrating International Women's Day? 
I hope International Women's Day will raise global awareness of the value women leaders bring to complex issues through innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to address global issues. 

Anything else you would like to add?
Women get things done!

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Amanda Gonzales
amanda@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4539

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