Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) student Tracy Maddux was chosen to participate at the N.E.W Leadership Conference this year. A five-day program will take place from May 15-19 at the University of Oklahoma (OU) campus in Norman, Oklahoma for female undergraduate students. This is a competitive selection based on the application that determines potential leadership abilities, interest in politics and service, and unique and diverse characteristics or experiences that contributes to the conference. Approximately 35 women were selected to participate in this five-day statewide conference. Three essays and two recommendation letters were part of the application process. Evaluating Maddux’s past success and passion served as determining factors to be invited to the conference.
“Tracy has a great combination of intellectual curiosity and compassion for others,” said Dr. Jeff Birdsong, Department Chair of Social Sciences. “This makes her an ideal leader. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed having her in class.” Birdsong had Maddux in class and recommended her for the leadership opportunity.
Maddux is an elementary education major from Grove, Oklahoma. She is the mother of Richard Roberts and Cassidy Maddux and daughter of John Mulder. Maddux is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa and was selected for the 2015 Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. She is actively involved in the Relay for Life and an active volunteer at Grove Public Schools. She is currently working at the Workforce Oklahoma, Miami office as a veteran’s representative.
The National Education for Women’s Leadership institute (N.E.W. Leadership) is an award-winning program that empowers and educates undergraduate women to get actively involved in public service and politics. This beneficial program has led young female leaders since its beginning in 2002 and continues to thrive, successfully achieving its goal to benefit promising future female leaders. The program is also part of the N.E.W. Leadership National Network at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.