McHENRY – Fran Glosson of Johnsburg encouraged members of the McHenry chamber’s Women’s Interactive Networking Group to become “servant leaders.”
She was honored Wednesday as the chamber’s 2013 Woman of Accomplishment at 31 North Banquets.
Glosson began her career with Centegra Health System 37 years ago as a nurse. She is currently director of Community Learning Strategies at Centegra.
Glosson displayed a green hat which she passed around that featured pins she has received for her accomplishments.
“As far as accomplishments, I’ve accomplished getting all these pins, and I’m really proud of each and every one,” she said.
One pin was for critical care nursing. “I got a doctorate when I was older but nothing was as hard as going to Loyola and taking the test for certified critical care nurses,” she said.
She said her career has moved “from the field of critical care nursing into the field of organization behavior and organizational development. I eventually received a doctorate in that, focusing on leadership learning, research and service – meaning servant leadership.”
She encouraged those in attendance to “get on board. When somebody asks you to do something, the answer to ‘how’ is ‘yes.’ Say yes, then you’ll figure it out.”
“I encourage you all to step up to your citizenship, run for office if you have the capacity,” said Glosson, a former McHenry County College trustee.
“Find your personal voice.”
She said she has overcome obstacles through her anchors of faith, family, friends, focus and finish.
In attendance were members of her family, including her husband, Dean. They will celebrate 43 years of marriage in June.
“My ultimate inspirational person is my little sister, Judy,” Glosson said. “Ten years ago her husband went on a fishing trip up in Canada. The plane went down, and John died. Judy raised her four children by herself.”
She told the 100 people at the luncheon, “You are everyday heroes. I encourage you to know your stories, embrace your stories, be who you are and where you are. Serve, Serve serve.
“Stay open to possibilities, continue to be a loyal servant and a leader, and just have a grateful heart.
“I’m not going to be Mother Teresa, but maybe I can make a difference in your life,” she said.
In attendance was Mary Margaret Maule of Johnsburg, an instructor at McHenry County College.
“I know Fran both professionally and personally and she is the embodiment of servant leadership,” Maule said.