Thomas College President Tells Chamber Of Commerce Women’s Group That Women Are Good. Then They All Wept And Ate Ice Cream Out Of A Tub With Tablespoons

Laurie LaChance

Laurie LaChanceWATERVILLE — Be kind to everyone around you, invest in yourself, never stop learning, and above all, be honest. Those were some of the words of wisdom Thomas College President Laurie Lachance offered to more than 50 women who turned out Tuesday for the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce’s Leading Women’s Luncheon. “Always, always, always be honest,” Lachance, 51, said. “People can take everything away from you, but only you can give up your credibility.” In July, Lachance became the first woman and first Thomas graduate to be named president of the 118-year-old business and liberal arts college. She urged the women to take a leadership training program. She also advised them to take their jobs seriously, but not to take themselves too seriously. Avoid self-pity, self-doubt and negative self-talk and take care of yourself, physically, emotionally and spiritually, she said. She also recommended they surround themselves with female friends and help each other out. “Finally, just be yourself,” she said. “You’re really special. You all have a special gift to offer.” (read more at Kennebec Journal)