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Stosz, Sixth in Speaker Series, to Speak on Feb. 25

Rear Admiral (RADM) Sandra L. Stosz is the sixth speaker in the 2013-2014 Distinguished Speaker Series sponsored by Cottey College’s Institute for Women’s Leadership and Social Responsibility. She will speak on “Women’s Leadership: Creating Your Success” on Tuesday, February 25, at 7 p.m. in the Missouri Recital Hall inside the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts. A reception will follow the address.

RADM Stosz is a woman who has achieved many “firsts.” As a member of the United States Coast Guard Academy’s (USCGA) third graduating class to contain women, RADM Stosz was the first female as­signed to a law-enforcement vessel to enforce fishing and drug laws on fishing fleets off the nation’s Pacific coastline; she was the first female gradu­ate of the USCGA to achieve Flag rank, and she is the first woman appointed as a Superintendent to any of the nation’s five federal service academies.

She was the first woman to command a Coast Guard cutter and ice-breaking tug in the Great Lakes. As an ensign on the USCG cutter Glacier, she was afloat in Haiti, New Zealand, Antarctica, and the South Pacific islands. People Magazine has described her career as a “lifetime adventure.”

The Center for the Arts is on the northeast corner of Austin and Tower streets in Nevada, Missouri.