Loras College Women’s Leadership Alliance to host Alumna and Iowa Principal of the Year

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Loras College Women’s Leadership Alliance will host alumna and Principal of Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy, Autumn (Esch) Pino (’99, MA ’03), as she talks about servant leadership at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 on the 3rd floor of the Miller Academic Resource Center. All are welcome to register here.

Autumn (Esch) Pino (’99, MA ’03)

Pino has influenced education by building innovative learning models that help students find their value and connection to their community.

“Leadership is not a position of power but the desire to boldly empower those around us,” she said about her upcoming presentation. “Shared leadership is the difference between implementing change and sustaining change; but servant leadership leaves a gravity-defying legacy of shared capacity and commitment. The journey of change is a bumpy and messy ride but when we lead with humility and a strong desire to grow, it can lead to transformative results. A great leader grows alongside the people he or she serves and understands that they are the reason it was all worthwhile.”

Pino received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Special Education (’99) and her MA in Educational Leadership (’03) from Loras College. She recently obtained her Advanced Studies Certificate for Superintendency from the University of Northern Iowa.

In 2016, Pino was recognized as The State of Iowa’s Middle Level Principal of the Year for her leadership in providing quality personalized models for students and shared leadership model, shifting teachers beyond second order change to belief systems change.

The Loras Women’s Leadership Alliance launched in 2017 with its mission to create educational opportunities and sessions for dialogue, as they pertain to leadership growth. One of the goals of the group is to engage women on the Loras College campus and in alumni communities, connecting or reconnecting them with the College. It awarded its third recipient this fall. The Women’s Leadership Alliance is guided by a volunteer board of alumni, faculty and staff.

For more information on the Women’s Leadership Alliance, contact Cayla Schneider, development officer, at Cayla.schneider@loras.edu or 563.588.7328


About Loras College

Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 13th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).

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