Cultivating Women Leaders Speaker Series
The Olivet College Cultivating Women Leaders Speaker Series is a yearlong program aimed at helping students develop confidence and leadership skills through the work of strong, women role models. Speakers include premier women leaders from Michigan and around the country who focus on topics surrounding the obstacles and challenges that are ever-present in today’s communities and workplace. The events are geared toward providing personal and professional development that will help attendees become stronger leaders.
There is no cost to attend any event but registration is required. Events will be presented via Zoom.
Wednesday, Jan. 27
Alumnae Panel featuring Adeola Fayehun ’07, Mona Hinamanu ’17 and Madeline Maxwell ’18.
Adeola Fayehun is a journalist and the host of “Keeping It Real With Adeola,” a satirical show on African politics.
Mona Hinamanu graduated from Olivet College in 2017 and focused her studies on marketing. After graduating, she moved to Chicago to work for the relocation management company, RELO Direct. Mona also joined the Nike Chicago team before beginning her dream job at Google as an account strategist. Her role focuses on advertising in the Canadian market.
Madeline Maxwell graduated from Olivet College in 2018 with a B.A. degree in insurance and risk management. Commencing graduation, Madeline moved to Chicago and began her career at Arch Insurance as a management liability underwriter and wrote directors and officers insurance. She is currently a senior underwriter at Arch Insurance, and she has even had the honor of working with OC alumni at Worldwide Facilities. When Madeline has free time, she enjoys cooking, riding horses and walking her Poodle named Hans.
Wednesday, March 3
Polo Reo Tate
Polo Reo Tate, a Lansing native and the great-great-granddaughter of automotive pioneer Ransom Eli Olds, was eager to accept the challenges that awaited her as she headed to the U.S. Air Force Academy after high school. Tate was not prepared, however, for the level of harassment or the physical, emotional and sexual abuse from her peers and superiors that greeted her arrival — a horrific personal journey of survival and resilience that Tate unflinchingly chronicles in her memoir, “DEEP DARK BLUE: A Memoir of Survival.”
As a straight-A student and three sport varsity athlete in high school, Tate’s athletic and academic abilities earned her acceptance to both the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs as well as the United States Military Academy at West Point. Following a passion for the Air Force that dated back to her childhood, Tate set off for the Air Force Academy. Although Tate’s harrowing experiences at USAFA forced her to leave during her second year in order to survive, thankfully, her story doesn’t end there.
She restarted her college education at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, playing volleyball for the Irish and graduating with a bachelor’s degree in film, television and theater. Today, she is an author by soul, actor by trade and artist at heart, working between New York City and Los Angeles. She has performed comedy at companies such as the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Broadway Comedy Club, Reckless Theatre and the Peoples Improv Theater.
Tate’s compelling, eye-opening odyssey of grace and reclamation, as well as her courageous and positive outlook on life, serves as motivation for women of all ages.
“The single most beneficial thing that we can do for one another — as leaders, as women, as humans — is to create space, a judgement-free curiosity, in which the person standing before us can be fully seen, heard and felt,” Tate said. “The Women’s Leadership Institute is a brilliant example of creating that very space and cultivating incredible listeners, learners and leaders to exemplify what we need more of in this world. It’s an honor and pleasure to be part of celebrating such a noble mission.”
Jamilia Johnson, Women’s Leadership Institute Coordinator and Recruiter