A servant-leader with a servant’s heart for others, Ms. Cynthia Foskey is the Executive Administrator for Southeastern Community Action Partnership. With over 26 years of experience in community and non-profit sector work, Ms. Foskey holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management.
Southeastern Community Action Partnership celebrates Women’s History Month. During the month of March, we will feature a few women in our agency who help advance our mission of community action. Our first feature is our CEO, Dr. Ericka Jones Whitaker, and we asked Dr. Whitaker, how will she make history?
In the words of Dr. Whitaker…
Women’s History Month is a moment in time where we recognize the achievements of all women. This means that my mother, her mother, and her mother’s mother, and so on, are recognized for their contributions to humanity – both spoken and unspoken, seen and unseen.
There are so many women who have laid the foundation for me and many have quietly taken an undeserving backseat when they should have been riding in the front seat, or perhaps driving, for all that they have done to forge a path forward for others. I believe women are the heart of the family, the community, and hold the foundational cracks of the world together. Attempts to silence us have not been widely successful, as we are continuing to shatter glass ceilings and I believe we are finally being heard through a variety of platforms. Perhaps some of the voices that are speaking make society a little uncomfortable; however, it is time for us to be heard – globally.
My contribution to the historical narrative of women who have made a difference will not necessarily be greater than anyone else, but it’s important to note that it will definitely matter. I am adding additional threads to the beautifully woven fabric that so many others before, beside, and behind me have or will create. My mantra has always been to serve others in whatever capacity I’ve been blessed with; therefore, as it relates to community action my historical contribution will be that I made every attempt to provide a voice to the voiceless – that not only did I give them tools of hope, but also showed them how to use the tools. My mantra not only applies to the clients we serve but also to the staff that I’m grateful to lead.
Southeastern Community Action Partnership is 90% women and many of them are juggling a lot as employees, wives, mothers, and primary caretakers and some of these roles outside of work have been elevated due to the pandemic. My goal is to provide a sense of work/life balance so women don’t feel guilty about having to choose between their profession and their families.
My historical platform in my current role is that I empowered other women to be powerful, to speak up and stand up for what they believe in. That today I gave them hope for a brighter tomorrow by providing them opportunities to grow in both their personal and professional lives.