Crouse: Leadership Comes from Within

Jen Crouse talks about her personal journey to leadership. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Jen Crouse talks about her personal journey to leadership. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Leadership, according to Jen Crouse, can't be learned from a book.

Leadership comes from within, she said, from our own unique stories. Crouse, who's executive director of the Sheridan College Foundation, shared her story and what it's taught her at the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday.

Crouse talked about her childhood in Colorado, where her parents financially struggled to make ends meet, and the life-changing automobile accident that left her in a wheelchair when she was in her teens. As a result of the accident, she said, she turned 17 in a hospital.

She talked about her experience at the first member of her family to attend college, when a “test” administered by one of her instructors on the first day of class marked her as unlikely to finish college because she was poor, disabled, Hispanic and a female.

But that night, she said, she decided she wouldn't let those labels identify her.

Wednesday was a celebration of leadership at the Chamber luncheon. In addition to Crouse's talk, certificates were presented to this year's Leadership Sheridan County graduates, and Chamber CEO Dixie Johnson said people have until the end of this month to sign up for next year's Leadership Sheridan County class.

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Crouse listens as she's introduced as Wednesday's speaker. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Crouse listens as she's introduced as Wednesday's speaker. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another view of Crouse. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another view of Crouse. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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