Lexis Trickett, ninth grade student at Southern High School, attended Governor O’Malley’s Leadership Forum for Women and Girls on March 25 in Annapolis.
Governor O'Malley with Lexis Trickett
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Governor Martin O’Malley hosted thirty middle/high school-aged girls from across the state in Annapolis to participate in the Governors Leadership Forum for Women and Girls. The event presented an opportunity for accomplished Maryland women from numerous fields to inspire the next generation to lead both in school, and in their communities. The hand-selected group of young women were nominated by school systems across Maryland because of their leadership skills, academic progress, and participation in extracurricular activities.
“As President Obama said, ‘when women succeed, America succeeds.’ That’s why, here in Maryland, we’ve worked to close the pay gap for women to the lowest level nationally, appointed women judges in record numbers to the bench and increased state contract awards to women by 28 percent,” said Governor O’Malley. “I’m pleased to welcome these exceptional young women to Annapolis. We created today’s forum to inspire these young women, and others across Maryland, to reach for and achieve great heights.”
The event kicked off with opening remarks from State Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Kim Coble, Vice President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Their remarks were immediately followed by a panel discussion featuring distinguished women leaders, offering advice to the young women on career development. The panelists included: Karmen Brown, Comcast, Director of Government Affairs and Maryland’s Second Lady; Susan Burke, a Personal Injury Attorney; Joni Jones, Executive Director, Bannekar Douglass Museum; Brooke Lierman, a Civil Rights Attorney; Bridget Newton, Mayor of Rockville; Jayne Miller, lead investigative reporter of WBAL-TV in Baltimore; and June Strekfus, Executive Director of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education.
Trickett toured the Statehouse and Government House, participated in a Maryland Day celebration and took part in various leadership activities. Lexis is deeply involved in community service and has a great interest in learning more about our government. As a middle school student, Lexis worked with others to produce a National History Day project on 9-11 that was well-received. At the high school level, she is a leading student in her United States History class. She has also been following her passion as shortstop for the Lady Rams softball team. She also plays with a traveling softball team in the summer. In the community, she has served as the treasurer of her 4-H Club, the Hoppers, and has volunteered at local nursing homes through her affiliation with 4-H. Lexi has volunteered her time to the Festival of Trees and the HART animal shelter. She also volunteers at her church, St. Pauls' United Methodist Church.
Lexis with a group of students working on a team challenge for the Governor and his staff.
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