During Women’s History Month, Erika James, John H. Harland Dean and a professor of organization & management, spoke at two events in Texas as part of the Emory Alumni Association’s faculty series. The series is one of several events comprising the 100 Years of Women of Excellence commemoration at Emory, which celebrates the lives of women who have trailblazed, made an impact, and broken barriers for education and equality.

During the talk, Dean James related her life journey and shared leadership lessons that left an enduring impact. She advised listeners to “get comfortable with being uncomfortable” and to recognize that because leadership success is seldom achieved by simply imitating other leaders, it’s important to “strive to be your authentic self.”