For this week’s Woman Wednesday, AY About You sits down with Margaret Ellibee.
Ellibee grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, so she considers herself to be both a Badger and Razorback. Ellibee’s college education allowed her to teach vocational agriculture in Stuttgart. From there, Ellibee worked at the state level in secondary education, as well as working in higher education.
She says that she is blessed to have a terrific family, wonderful friends, and a career that helps to positively impact others. In her spare time, Ellibee loves to do a variety of hobbies, from reading to running, biking, fly fishing and snow skiing. She loves modern art and many music genres, from blues to country and classical.
We asked Ellibee what it means to her to be a woman. “Learn every day and stay true to you. Strong, smart, confident women know that small successes lead to greater ones. And, they also know a failure is only a positive learning experience,” she says. “You can change the world for the better, and the world is a better place because you’re in it.”
We then asked Ellibee if there were any struggles that she had faced as a woman in her career.
“Not many,” she says. “My life mentors continually teach me to see a challenge as an opportunity. If there is a challenge, figure out how to successfully solve it, and then move forward with professionalism and, as my mom used to say, ‘with a smile on your face.’ A good sense of humor helps too.”
Ellibee offers a word of advice to the women and girls who might read this article.
“Honor yourself,” she advises. “Keep learning and striving. Mentors are so important to one’s life. And, don’t ever be afraid to ask questions. Dr. Maya Angelou said it this way: ‘Success is liking yourself; liking what you do; and liking how you do it.’ “