Gabriela Martinez ’22 Reflects on Leadership – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Gabriela Martinez ’22 Reflects on Leadership

What is your major and minor?

  • Double major in Education and Anthropology with a minor in entrepreneurial studies.

What are you involved in on campus?

  • I am a teaching fellow for Anthropology as well the Civic Leader for the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. I also work in the Admissions Office as a senior intern where I interview prospective students. My latest exciting news is that I was just named a 2021 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact for my work in the community. I am also Co-President of Sankofa: the Black Student Union and I have participated in several of the Centennial Center programs including the HWS Leads Certificate program and Summer Sandbox.

What drew you to the HWS Leads program?

  • The skills and resources I would gain from this program. I wanted to further my skills and learn more about what a leader consists of and what it means to be a good leader.

What have you gained most in your study of leadership?

  • Through the courses I have taken and the fieldwork I completed in Summer Sandbox, I’ve learned that a leader consists of multiple things. A leader must be willing to grow and understand different perspectives and values. The best leaders are ones that care about their team. What I mean by care is establishing a relationship with the people they’re working with. Additionally, a great leader values peoples’ weaknesses and strengths, and encourages them to grow and help them reach their goals.

What are your goals?

  • I hope to become a project manager and would like to create my own business one day. I enjoy solving problems in the most creative and efficient way.
  • I am planning to apply to the Master’s of Science in Management program here at HWS and get my Real Estate License.