Welcome to Women in Politics: College Edition, where promising women leaders in student government on college and university campuses across the country will be featured on msnbc.com. Kathryn Edmunds has been nominated to represent Florida Atlantic University as a leader making a difference not only through key issues on campus, but in bridging the gender gap in politics.
As part of msnbc’s “Women in Politics” series, these hand-selected women become part of a larger discussion of women candidates and women’s issues on a national level. “Women in Politics” features newsmaker interviews, profiles, photos, and deep dives into the key conversations.
Name: Kathryn Edmunds
School: Florida Atlantic University
Hometown: Macon, Georgia
Concentrations: Communications with minor in Business Administration
Role in student government: Student Body President, Phi Mu Fraternity Member
Dream job: Secretary of Department of Education or White House Chief of Staff and then an entrepreneur
Class year: 2017
What is your biggest challenge as a leader on campus?
My biggest challenge as a female leader on campus is constantly being reminded that I am a female. I am blessed to be one of the few females involved in Student Government leadership at Florida Atlantic University. I have found that it can be difficult to be involved in certain positions of leadership when the first thing that people see is a “pretty girl” as if aesthetics are the only thing I have to offer. I constantly remind myself that I belong at the table.
Which female leaders do you draw inspiration from?
Kim Gramm, the CEO of Tech Runway; Ali Brown, Entrepreneur; Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook.
Do you plan to run for office one day?
I believe that every individual has a voice that needs to be heard. It is through education that we refine that voice and learn how to be engaged citizens. At this time, I do not see myself pursuing a position of elected office but pursuing leadership in developing education. It is an opportunity, though, that is still on the table.
What's the best professional advice you've ever gotten?
The best professional advice that I have ever gotten was that "I am not required to know all of the answers.” That was a key fact that allowed me to be willing to take chances and trust the people around me.
What are you reading right now?
"Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg
To nominate an exceptional undergraduate female leader in student government please email Anna Brand at Anna.Brand@nbcuni.com