From Jim Crow South to Presidency: A Woman’s Journey of Perseverance

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Des Moines University president, Angela Franklin, Ph.D, provides lessons on leadership and success in her new book.

Des Moines University president's new book on leadership

"An Unconventional Journey...An Unlikely Choice" by Angela Franklin, Ph.D

My journey to being president of a university became more of my calling than a career.

With much support and encouragement, Angela L. Walker Franklin journeyed down a path that was beyond her expectations. With challenges of self-doubt and trepidation, Franklin was able to overcome and achieve success in life and her career.

After obtaining her undergraduate degree in psychology and a Ph.D in clinical psychology, Franklin worked her way up to her current position as the president and chief executive officer of the health sciences university, Des Moines University, making her the first woman and African American to hold these titles.

“I realize there was a bigger purpose and I realized that there was a much greater power ordering my steps,” Franklin said. “My journey to being president of a university became more of my calling than a career.”

In her new inspirational book “An Unconventional Journey…An Unlikely Choice,” Franklin shares her unexpected journey and the lessons she learned about leadership that defines her approach today. By breaking her leadership foundation into 12 lessons, readers will be able to develop their own leadership style and find the purpose-driven path of life that suits their needs.    

“Along my journey, I had experiences that shaped the lessons I learned that come close to servant leadership but with the underpinning of a simply stated Golden Rule – treat people with respect and the way one would want to be treated.”

Franklin hopes to inspire others with her purpose-driven path and encourage positive leadership skills.

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“An Unconventional Journey…An Unlikely Choice”
By Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D
ISBN: 978-1-4908-5465-6
Available in softcover and e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and WestBow Press

About the author
Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D began her working career as a teacher for medical students and a clinical psychologist working with families, couples and women. She is an enthusiast for health and wellness and helping others take care of themselves mentally and physically. Currently Franklin lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband and three sons.

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