By Penny Lynch, Communications Manager for the DRC
We’re rolling now
This week I would like to introduce you to Lanet Greenhaw, Director of Public Policy and Education. Lanet develops and tracks key education policy issues that ensures graduates will enhance economic vitality. Read on and learn what education means to her.
What’s your favorite Chamber story?
Driving improvements in education and advocating for quality public and higher education at the Dallas Regional Chamber is my dream job. I love hearing Ambassador Oberwetter say that “Education is in our DNA at the Dallas Regional Chamber” because it is written into our strategic plan, the Blueprint for Economic Prosperity. It means our membership is committed to our important education initiatives.
Who inspires you? Why?
I’m inspired by people who lead through service and people who either work or volunteer in service to others.
Would you say you’re a team player? Why?
I certainly try to be, as my style is one of servant leadership and collaboration. I enjoy opportunities to support my DRC Education colleagues, as well as our entire DRC team and membership. Our DRC Education Team is strong and high performing, and doing meaningful and valuable work, making it easy to be part of this team.
What does Education mean to you?
Education is power. Education is the game changer. Education is the foundation of our economy and our democracy. High quality education must be available to all, with no exceptions, and is worthy of our investment.
What’s one of your proudest mom moments?
As a mother of three adult daughters, there are many proud mom moments. At this stage in our lives, I’m most proud that all three are college graduates, very productively employed, successful in their careers, financially independent, living in their own spaces, and are building families of their own and our family’s next generation.
What’s something your team may not know about you?
I enjoy sharing stories, so they know quite a bit about me…including how I rode out a tornado on a roof during college, have three wonderful daughters, have a new granddaughter, and of my love for college basketball and March Madness. They may not know that I love track and field even more than I love basketball. At the very top of my bucket list is to one day be a spectator at the U.S. Track and Field Finals, the World Track and Field Finals, and Olympic Track and Field. (I was thrilled to attend a few track and field events at the Atlanta Olympics, but want to see more.)
What make you cringe?
Children in poverty, children who are hungry, and children who don’t have loving and supportive parents. Sorry, that’s heavy, but it’s what bothers me the most.