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Leaders & Role Models

Chicago World’s Fair Women

Look to Women of the Past to Show Us How to Lead in the Present

Find the right role models to inspire your own social change actions. I created a series of award-winning projects about women leaders from Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair – Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, and Jane Addams – for the Fair’s 100-year anniversary celebrations.

The case study examines mentorship and race and how systemic bias plays out in the classroom and in corporations. Questions and actions focus on social and organizational systems, strategies for advancement despite racial and national bias, and how to choose mentors and become leaders and mentors yourself.

Consider these questions as you explore the chapter...

  1. What strategies could be used within a biased system to build communities of trust and find the right role models and mentors?
  2. Think about your own mentorship experiences. Have you benefited from mentors in your life? Who were they, and what did they do that was helpful?
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Politics and Old Lace

A video clip from the “Politics and Old Lace” theater show and radio program about Leaders at Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair. This clip features a speech by race activist Ida B. Wells.

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