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President Pamela A. Eibeck at Perspectives on Leadership Conference

President Pamela A. Eibeck was among 10 women from varying industries who spoke about their journey and how they are breaking down barriers and redefining the rules at the Perspectives on Leadership Conference in Sacramento on Oct. 7

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President Eibeck lends perspective at Sacramento event featuring women leaders

Oct 10, 2016

President Pamela Eibeck joined a panel of women leaders who shared their stories of perseverance and success at the Perspectives on Leadership event held at the Sacramento Convention Center last Friday. 

Eibeck was among 10 women from varying industries who spoke about their journey and how they are breaking down barriers and redefining the rules. Pacific was a sponsor of the event, which was organized by the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Eibeck talked about higher education being a transformative change that breaks down those barriers, including for herself. She shared her path from an engineering student in the 1970s, where she would often be the only female in a class of 40 students, to working as a full time professor while raising four young children, to where she is today-- one of only two women presidents at a California private university. 

Along the way, she and her husband, Bill Jeffery, made tough decisions, including her leaving a full time tenured position at UC Berkeley and him leaving a high-powered corporate attorney job so they could move to Flagstaff, Arizona, and live a life more in balance with their values. 
During her career, Eibeck said she's been privileged to work in academia, from professor to president. 

"We are transforming lives every day-helping people see opportunities, develop talent within themselves, and empower them for futures that could not and will not be possible without an education," she told the crowd. 

Eibeck also talked about being a proud partner in the Oak Park community where its Sacramento Campus is located and how Pacific is working to equalize educational opportunities for residents. 

The event featured Alison Levine, the team captain for the first American Women's Everest Expedition;  Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy; and Jade Simmons, an acclaimed concert pianist, former Miss Illinois and first runner-up for Miss America. 

Connie Callahan '73, a former Pacific regent and a member of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, was also a featured speaker at the event. Eibeck shared that five of the university's most powerful administrative positions are held by women (the president, Provost Maria Pallavicini, College of the Pacific Dean Rena Fraden, Gladys L. Benerd School of Education Dean Vanessa Sheared and University Librarian Mary M. Somerville), women make up more than half of the executive team, and 42 percent of the Board of Regents are women.

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