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DR. MARGO MCCLINTON STOGLIN
Texas State Director, IGNITE
IGNITE builds civic engagement and political ambition in young women. We deliver programs in high schools and colleges that provide political and civic education, exposure to women in political leadership, hands on training opportunities and a peer network of women who support and nurture each other’s leadership aspirations.
GameChanger: Margo comes to IGNITE from a long career in the non-profit and educational sectors, with experience in operations, communications, fundraising, governance, and HR. Margo has served in higher education positions at Paul Quinn College, Southern Methodist University, Washington and Lee University, Florida State University and Washington University in St. Louis. Margo holds a BA from Emory University, a Master’s in Education from Harvard University, and a doctorate from Florida State University. The Dallas Business Journal recently named her one of the city’s top minority business leaders for 2016.
Are you a Texas native? Tell us a little bit more about your family. I am originally from Kansas City, Missouri, but have lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for nearly 10 years. My father, the sixth leading rusher in Kansas City Chiefs’ history Curtis Stoglin, completed a monumental seven-yard pass making him the first American Football League player to ever score a touchdown in Super Bowl I.
Tell us a little bit more about Ignite and its mission? IGNITE was founded in 2009 by our President, Anne Moses, Ph.D. Having held leadership positions at national women’s political organizations, Anne was aware of a gap in programming efforts to build civic and political ambition among young women. In response to that gap, IGNITE developed a yearlong, community-based program to reach young women in high schools and colleges. In 2011 IGNITE received a grant from the Boone Family Foundation to bring our programming to Texas. As part of that grant, IGNITE hired dedicated leadership staff to build and implement an organizational plan that expands programming across the state. In 2015, the first Texas Program Director retired and I was hired to assume the position.
IGNITE provides young women with access to women elected officials, candidates, and policymakers, who not only speak to participants but also provide ongoing civic and political opportunities in the form of internships, volunteer positions, jobs, and invitations to events. Thus far, IGNITE Texas has engaged 60+ female elected officials who have met with program participants throughout the school year. Young women can experience IGNITE at first via our annual conference, or, if there is already an IGNITE chapter at their school, by joining the chapter. When they join the chapter, young women participate in our year-long our curriculum. IGNITE encourages these young women to seek out leadership roles on their own campuses.
What or whom inspires your ambition? The Lord, my parents, husband and children.
What are your top 4 tips for young women looking to get more involved politically?
- Prepare yourself with education
- Volunteer for a campaign and get involved
- Shadow or volunteer a current elected official
- Develop your network and “Friendraise”
A COMMUNITY OF INFLUENCE.
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