Director of Tornado Alley YSC

Paducah Tilghman High School

Age: 37

Education: Master of science, mass communications and bachelor of science, electronic journalism

Some of Bedeau's professional accomplishments include:

n National Education Association (NEA) CCBR Committee 2018-present.

n Kentucky Education Association (KEA) board of directors 2012-2017.

n President of Paducah Education Support Professional Association 2012-2016.

A few of the organizations she has been involved in:

n Paducah Minority Leaders (founder/chair) 2018-present.

n 4-H McCracken County advisory council (treasurer) 2015-present.

n Chamber of Commerce Business Education Partnership 2012-present.

What is the biggest challenge for a young leader in today's workplace?

The biggest challenge for a young leader in today's workplace is the ability to be patient. Young leaders must understand success doesn't happen overnight. The most successful leaders had to fail and grow into the person they are today. And this definitely takes patience and being resilient. Most millennials want success to happen immediately. This includes the process of being discovered. However, if we as young leaders learn to be patient and work on developing our skills via professional development, having a mentor, etc., we will eventually get to where we are destined to be.

What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?

I believe every leader should have integrity. This is imperative to the success of the organization whether it be a basketball team, a classroom or an office. Leaders are successful when they have strong moral principles and they are honest. This sets a good example for the team and brings about unity.

What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?

I am growing as a leader because I understand that it's not about me. I am simply a vessel and steward walking in my purpose. In the words of John Nuzzo, "Success in leadership isn't when you reach your full potential; it's when you get to a place where you are helping other people reach theirs." Therefore I continue to learn from the many professional development opportunities offered. Also, I am wise to understand that I don't know it all. And I am willing to learn from those who are different than me, young or old. Lastly, I pay it forward by investing in our future leaders by serving as a mentor.

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