New Memoir Shares Journey from Jim Crow South to Presidency

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Des Moines University president, Angela L. Walker Franklin, provides lessons on leadership and success.

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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.

With much support and encouragement, Angela L. Walker Franklin journeyed down a path that was beyond her expectations. Despite 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 doctoral degree 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 realized there was a bigger purpose and I realized that there was a much greater power ordering my steps,” Franklin says. “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” (published by WestBow Press), Franklin shares her unexpected journey and the lessons she learned about leadership that define her approach today. By breaking her leadership foundation into 12 lessons, Franklin helps readers to develop their own leadership styles and find the purpose-driven paths of life that suit 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.

“An Unconventional Journey….. An Unlikely Choice”
By Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D.
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 56 pages | ISBN 9781490854656
E-Book | 56 pages | ISBN 9781490854649
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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 of 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. More information is available at http://www.unconventionaljourney.com.

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