Saturday, July 12, 2008

A Leader by Example

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Gambit Weekly Publisher Margo DuBos has been named chairwoman of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC). It was a natural choice.

DuBos is one of the 50 founders of the 800-member WLC, which works to fulfill the health and human-services needs of women and children through the leadership, philanthropy and advocacy of its members. One of the top focuses of the group is high-quality child care. As part of its campaign, its Success by Six program helped to establish a statewide quality-rating system for child-care facilities. It also successfully lobbied the Louisiana Legislature for a school-readiness tax credit that benefits workers, parents and businesses that support child-care centers. The WLC also focuses on jobs, housing and helping young families who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina return to New Orleans.  In addition to helping start the WLC in 2002, DuBos has served as the group’s vice-chair and marketing chair. Her history of service to the United Way includes serving on its Campaign Cabinet and Board of Trustees. She and her husband, Gambit Weekly Editor Clancy DuBos, also belong to the Tocqueville Society, whose members contribute $10,000 a year to United Way. Their example influenced the staff of Gambit Weekly to reach 100 percent participation in its annual United Way corporate campaign. 

Margo DuBos’ community involvement extends beyond the WLC. She also serves on the First Responder’s Fund, Agenda for Children Advisory Board, LA-SPCA Advisory Board and NOLA City Bark Executive Board. Because of her dedication and service, she has been honored as a YWCA Role Model, was among CityBusiness Women of the Year, was inducted into Junior Achievement’s Business Hall of Fame, and won Family Services’ Ten Outstanding Persons Award. 

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