Congratulations to Susan Spears, our 2016 Patricia Lacey Metzger Distinguished Achievement Award winner!
Longtime community advocate Susan Garnett Spears received the Patricia Lacey Metzger Distinguished Achievement Award at the UMW Leadership Colloquium Thursday, Nov. 3.
Spears, president and CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, spent more than a decade in retail management. During that time she became a staunch community activist, supporting regional business, managing local political campaigns and devouring volunteer work.
Her efforts led her to join the Chamber staff as a legislative assistant in 2004. She has been instrumental in developing community-oriented programs such as Leadership Fredericksburg and the Military Affairs Council. As a member of numerous boards of directors, including Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Spears has served on too many task forces, planning commissions and clubs to name, with a focus on city planning, economic development, historic preservation and race relations.
“Maybe we will fail at some things, but that won’t deter the lifelong leader and the lifelong learner,” she said. “Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do the job when the time comes, because you can.”
The Patricia Lacey Metzger Award recipient will be a woman who has:
- Distinguished herself as a leader in her chosen field
- Demonstrated personal and professional integrity
- Committed, by her actions, to community service and lifelong learning
- Participated as a speaker or attendee in the Leadership Colloquium @ UMW
Aug. 1 – nominations open
Sept. 20 – deadline for nominations
Oct. 2 – Deadline for Committee
To nominate: send Martha O’Keefe an email at firstname.lastname@example.org by 9/20/17. In the email, indicate the compelling reasons why you are nominating this deserving woman. Make sure you also include the nominee’s name and contact information. In additional, if she has a LinkedIn profile, please share that link.