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"Balancing Your Volunteer and Professional Passions" was the theme of Thursday's plenary presentation by Patricia E. Thompson, EdD, RN, FAAN, chief executive officer of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI).
The plenary opened the second day of 2014 Leadership Connection
, a four-day educational program hosted by the honor society in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Thompson's inspirational story of achievements and failures in her
own journey as a volunteer resonated with attendees.
pursuit of leadership opportunities in STTI
sometimes led to disappointment.
The first time she
ran for president of her
local chapter, she
lost, but she
was elected on her
name as a candidate for regional coordinator but was not selected for the ballot.
persisted in volunteering for various honor society tasks and eventually was asked to write the region's newsletter.
At first she
didn't relish that position, but it led to networking opportunities.
Ultimately, she was elected regional coordinator, followed by terms as second vice president, vice president, president-elect and, finally, honor society president for the 1999-2001 term.
Risk-taking and persistence are important traits in achieving success, Thompson
Several years after being elected STTI president, Thompson once again experienced great disappointment when she was passed over for a position as dean, which had long been her career goal.
had never envisioned serving as a CEO.
But when Nancy Dickenson-Hazard retired as the honor society's CEO, the search committee encouraged Thompson to apply because of her extensive volunteer experience and her passion for STTI.