3News honors pioneers of female leadership

When it comes to making progress in the community, 3News recognized three of the many women who are shaping the Corpus Christi region in one way or another.

Tuesday marked International Women’s Day – a day used to celebrate the continued progress of women throughout the community.

When it comes to taking charge of city business, Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette Guajardo is a familiar face in her many decisions.

“Today is a day of empowerment,” Guajardo said. “Today is a day to accept ourselves as we are.”

Guajardo said it was women like her own mother who inspired her to become a leader.

“My mom really inspired me to fight through challenges, overcome challenges and lead,” Guajardo said. “She really led by example.”

For Dr. Mary Peterson, Chief Operating Officer of Driscoll Children’s Hospitals, International Women’s Day is a special time to recognize those who paved her way.

“I was lucky to have at least part of the way paved,” Peterson said. “It was still tough when I was going to medical school. I think 10 or 15 percent of our class were women. Now it’s 50 percent.”

Peterson said today that it is important to recognize these unrecognized women who have made such a mark in modern medicine.

“There are some amazing women out there,” Peterson said. “Many of them that we never heard of contributed to who we are today.”

Even young leaders in our community like Downton Management District Director Alyssa Barrera-Mason are showing that women can do anything they want.

“I’ve just been very lucky to have strong female role models, from my family members to those who support me in the workplace,” Barrera-Mason said. “And I think all that matters is taking that to support other women and make our community a better place.

The Coastal Bend community has made tremendous strides in bringing women to the forefront of leadership, and these women are proving that the sky really is the limit.

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Mara R. Wilmoth