By Gary Hibbs
Executive Director, Riderwood
People sometimes ask me whether being an Executive Director gets “old,” as I’ve done the job for a fair number of years. My unequivocal, immediate answer is, “Absolutely not!” And, the reason easily comes to mind. It’s because I have the privilege of intersecting with the stories of so many fascinating people! Isn’t life really about relationships and how our varied stories come together in community? And I get to do that in an amazingly life-rich and diverse environment (and, oh yeah, I get paid for it too)!
Many of the stories at Riderwood are remarkable in that they demonstrate an inspiring resilience of the human spirit. Overcomers and barrier breakers who persevere despite some of the most difficult of environments and conditions of all sorts live and work right here at Riderwood.
The month of March is National Women’s History Month. To highlight the story of resilience in this context of celebrating women, the Riderwood Diversity and Inclusion committee, just one of the 260 resident-led groups here on campus, will offer a program called “Matter of the Heart: Courageous and Resilient Women.” The program, scheduled for 11:00 a.m. March 16 in Maryland Hall, will highlight a talk by the Reverend Dr. Zina Jacque. Some of you remember Zina’s powerful address last year when she was the featured speaker in our community “Celebrations.” She is an incredibly dynamic and inspiring speaker who is also a member of the National Senior Campus Board.
Come celebrate with us and take advantage of another opportunity to be inspired here at Riderwood. I hope to see you on March 16!