Breastfeeding Coordinator and Peer Supervisor, Gallia County Health Department-WIC Program and 2015 BS Leadership Grad
Stephanie Carroll, BS, IBCLC, CLC, CLS
I originally started in Union’s Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting program to earn my IBCLC certification (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), one of my main goals when choosing Union. I obtained the credential before graduating from the Lactation Consulting program, but I wanted a wider variety of knowledge, so I changed my major to Leadership to finish out my bachelor’s program. Boy, am I glad that I did! I loved the Lactation program dearly, but I was also excited about what I could achieve in the Leadership program.
The Leadership major at Union really helped me develop into a great leader – someone with knowledge, but also drive and compassion. Many people believe that leading is simply managing, but it is so much more than that. Successful leaders encourage others to work together toward a common cause. I believe Union Institute & University professors are motivating and creating many new leaders who will positively affect our society.
The program was unique because my classmates were from different backgrounds and careers. I learned so much from them. We were posed various situations and asked how we, as leaders, would react to them.
I just returned from a breastfeeding conference where I gave a presentation to 275 women. It was an honor to be a speaker there, something I never thought would happen. This program has already changed my life in many ways. I couldn’t have asked for a more caring, attentive experience as I had with my advisors and professors. I feel honored to be a part of Union’s alumni family.