Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame

In childhood, parents and educators teach conformity  – to give boundaries, to define rules of society, to strengthen the moral and ethical compass, and to broaden an individual’s understanding of the world. With this foundation, you begin to find your uniqueness and build upon special skills that set you apart from others – skills that make you a leader.

Mary Ann Wood, director of public affairs support, and Stephanie Smith, senior director of donor relations and special events, talk about the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame and this year’s honorees.

 

Some organizations and institutions embed their mission statement on every possible surface. At Missouri State University, public affairs – ethical leadership, community engagement and cultural competence – is who we are and what distinguishes us from all the rest. But how do you keep public affairs fresh all year? We contemplated this and knew that we didn’t ever want it to become stale. In order to engage the Missouri State community and local community, we developed seven signature events. These annual events share a common thread to be not only educational, but also aspirational.

Big things are happening at Missouri State University, and Missourians as a whole are making an impact on the world. That’s part of what the Missouri State public affairs mission is all about: being a part of a global community. Mary Ann Wood, director of public affairs support, and Stephanie Lashley, senior director of donor relations and special events for the Missouri State Foundation, discuss the opening plenary speaker for the Missouri State University Public Affairs Conference and the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame.

Citizen Scholar Statue
Missouri State University

Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame, where three individuals will be honored in April.

One is known for his inventions and work in the field of botany, one uses her pre-teen passions to fuel an innovative volunteer movement, and one uses lessons learned in Navy SEAL training to assist injured veterans. What George Washington Carver, Simone Bernstein, and Eric Greitens have in common, however, is unmistakable and lasting contributions on a local and national scope.