Dara Richardson-Heron addresses students as part of the Meijer
Lecture and Wheelhouse Talks Series January 27 in the Eberhard Center.
With more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles across a
myriad of industries, Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron cited her parents as
an enormous influence on her professional journey.
Richardson-Heron spoke January 27 at the Meijer Lecture and
Wheelhouse Talks Series, sponsored by the Meijer Honors College and
the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.
Speaking with students in the honors college and the Cook Leadership
Academy, Richardson-Heron, a physician, discussed lessons from her
career across health care, nonprofit and government sectors. She said
her parents often held her and her sisters to high standards, and one
particular maxim was frequently quoted in their home.
“They regularly recited the phrase, ‘To whom much is given, much is
required,’” she said. “From early on, they made it very clear to all
of us, we were not brought into this world just to serve ourselves,
they had expectations for us to leverage our time, our talents, our
resources and our passions to enhance the lives of others.”
Richardson-Heron opened her remarks by engaging the audience with a
paraphrased tagline from a credit card TV commercial.
“As I was brainstorming the title of my presentation, I thought,
‘What’s in your leadership wheelhouse?’” she said. “Certainly having
the right elements in your leadership wheelhouse has the potential to
enhance your life, but also the lives of others.”
Richardson-Heron said while she prepared for past TED Talks events,
she had a period of reflection on her own leadership style and the
qualities that have resonated with her across her decades in executive positions.
“I spoke about the three Ps: patience, perspective and perseverance,”
“So, I want to challenge each of you to go to your edge as leaders,
being intentional and purposeful about identifying, honing and
refining the key elements in your personal leadership wheelhouse.”