Holly Finch - I have two favorite memories with Prof Hawthorne through the MAOL Program at St. Catherine University.
My first favorite memory is during her leadership of the first South Africa Study Abroad Program during January 2015. Professors Hawthorne and Tilsen filled our daily agenda for two weeks including weekends (literally to the minute) with activities to visit with local leaders and activists from townships/districts, churches, schools, businesses, and sightseeing events. I love that we accomplished a balance of activities during the two weeks.
Like the South African leaders we met, Prof Hawthorne is courageous and relentless in her leadership vision and mission. She provided us first-hand education and leadership experiences through the study abroad program. This was an incredible approach for developing effective leaders and change agents.
I will look back at my study abroad experience in South Africa with admiration for Prof Hawthorne’s commitment and hard work to provide us the opportunity to meet with many South African leaders.
My second favorite memory shared with Prof Hawthorne is through my involvement as the Graduate Team Leader for the Mayo Innovation Scholar Program during Fall 2016 – Spring 2017. Prof Hawthorne exudes the leadership characteristics written within Kouzes and Posner’s, The Leadership Challenge.
Prof Hawthorne’s leadership style is beyond modeling the way, enabling others to act, and encouraging the heart. She is visionary, collaborative, and has the passion to strengthen others to be their best leader.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to get to know Prof Hawthorne outside of the classroom environment. During the preparation for the final research presentation at Mayo Clinic, Prof Hawthorne and I shared a ride to/from Rochester and a room at the Hilton Garden. We were inseparable for 24 hours. Little did she know what she was in for ☺Thank you for allowing me to chat your ear off about life and gardening.
Congratulations Prof Hawthorne on your retirement! I wish you many adventures and opportunities as you explore new landscapes and soil! Please stay in touch as you proceed with “repotting” yourself. I will miss your leadership and presence at St. Catherine University as our MAOL Director!
All the Best and lots of xoxo,