In Her Own Words Featuring Wanda Dillard

Here is the next post in our continuing series of In Her Own Words, giving 1girl the opportunity to highlight a wide variety of women who are making an impact in their communities in many different ways.

Name:  Wanda Dillard

Occupation:  Director of Community Development, OSU Wexner Medical Center; member, President and Provost’s Council on Women.  


My hobbies are: gardening, reading, crocheting and DIY (do-it-yourself) in my house and yard. 

Who or what inspires you?

My grandmother inspires me to look at the world in a very positive way. My grandmother was a slave and she would tell me stories of being sold to another farm at the age of 4 years and not seeing her mother until she was a grown woman. She taught herself to read and write, and owned her house and several other properties. My grandmother gave some of her land to a church so they could build a new facility. She taught me the value of education, to own your land and give from the heart freely. The most important thing I took from her stories was if she could go through such hardships – then my journey is easy.

 What does it mean to be a leader?  

As a leader the number one resource is the people who are part of your team. It is very important that you be a role model, have your team’s interest at heart, act with integrity, and be a teacher.

Think back to when you were in middle school – what advice would you offer to yourself knowing what you know now?

Don’t jump over the fence to get that baseball and get hung on a fence like a yo-yo! The world is very unforgiving at that age and to be remembered as the girl hanging on a fence in middle school will overshadow your other accomplishments.

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