A Vice-Provost Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UPenn and a community faith leader, Atiya S. Love, Ph.D. joins Notre Dame for a keynote address on February 10 to discuss purpose, passion and what it means to be a Phenomenal Woman. Through her many professional platforms, Dr. Love commits herself to inclusive leadership, equity, justice and community, and has been published several times on these topics. With over 15 years of professional, scholarly and faith-based experience, her life’s work continues to be rooted in authenticity, purpose, service and most importantly, love.
What inspires your work?
As a first generation college graduate raised in the inner city of Philadelphia by a single mom, my work has always been for the betterment of my community and legacy. My environment produced a heightened sense of resiliency and it inspires my work on a daily basis.
In your opinion, what does it mean to be a ‘phenomenal woman?’
To be a phenomenal woman means to be the best YOU that you can be. There is no one like you. You are uniquely made. Walk in your authenticity and make it PHENOMENAL!
What is the importance of inclusive leadership?
Inclusive leadership is critically important within our organizations and school settings. It works to dismantle structural barriers so that everyone has a sense of belonging and most importantly, are a part of the decision-making processes.
What is your best advice for young women in search of their purpose or passion?
My best advice is always to walk in your authenticity. Be your authentic self. I think oftentimes we shy away from our passion because of what others may think. Your gut will tell you. That little voice will tell you. Listen to it.
Turning your question to you: If you had the ability to ask one question to someone you consider a phenomenal woman, who would it be and what would you ask?
I would ask Michelle Obama how she found personal satisfaction in the midst of her purpose shifting from being a highly regarded professional to being a highly regarded mom and FLOTUS.
Thank you, Dr. Love!