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Quote Roundup: Tamika Tremaglio, University Presidents Among Notable Speakers

Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, UMB president, discussing the University’s successes during his State of the University Address on Nov. 9:

“These achievements have happened because everybody pulled together — faculty, staff, and students. The past several years have been really trying, and many distractions and obstacles have been put in our way. But we have not faltered, we have flourished.”

Nina Totenberg, longtime legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio, speaking about herself and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy on Feb. 14:

“We both understood that we were outsiders looking in. It was like we had our noses pressed up against a window, saying, ‘Hey, guys, we can do that job, too. In fact, we might be able to do it better. Let us in.’ I was just trying to get a foot in the door, I wasn’t breaking a glass ceiling.”

Sharon Fries-Britt, PhD, professor of higher education and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park, during her keynote speech at the MLK and Black History Month Celebration on Feb. 7:

“Faculty mentorship and connecting with students is critical, knowing how to create that authentic connection with students so they are able to fully be themselves. We need to empower people to bring their gifts and talents in a way that we can learn. It’s bidirectional. I know one of the greatest gifts of being a professor is the relationships with my students and the sense of growth that happens in that context.”

Valerie Sheares Ashby, PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore County president, discussing succeeding Freeman Hrabowski III, PhD, MA, during the UMBrella Speaker Series event “A Presidents’ Panel Discussion” on Dec. 6:

“People ask me all the time, ‘Was it a risk to follow Freeman?’ I understand the question, but when you are doing the job, you don’t think about that. I have to get up and go to work every day, and I don’t have time to think about following Freeman. When I do think about Freeman, I think, ‘Oh, what a gift he left me — to build upon.’ ”

Carolyn Ringer Lepre, PhD, MS, Salisbury University president, at the UMBrella Speaker Series event “A Presidents’ Panel Discussion” on Dec. 6:

“Parts of our job as leaders is showing up and being as much as our whole selves as we can, not because it’s about us, but because it gives permission to other people to show up as themselves, too.”

Tamika Tremaglio, JD ’95, MBA, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, at the Women’s History Month Symposium on March 8:

“I want you to imagine the possible. Before you say no to anything, I want you to imagine what it would be like to do that. We could always end up at no, but I want to know that you’ve taken certain steps to consider things before you decided that this is not a possibility.”

Melissa Berton, MFA, Academy Award-winning producer and founder and executive director of The Pad Project, at the Women’s History Month Symposium on March 8:

“Privilege with apathy is often deplorable, but privilege with empathy and understanding can be a powerful instrument for change.”

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