Crystal Senter-Brown ’12, G’14 has been taking pen to paper for years and is the author of many works, including her most recent Gabby Gives Back, a book for young people that revolves around the themes of kindness and forgiveness. A professor in the WELL (Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders Program) and director of employee relations at Bay Path University, Senter-Brown was recently selected as a Businesswest Difference Maker for 2018. With this recognition, she joins a remarkable group of people, including President Carol A. Leary, who, in the words of the award,
Crystal Senter-Brown’s main message as part of her acceptance speech for the Difference Maker Award drew on her own experiences: “We all have a way to help others. You don’t need to have a lot of money. And even if you don’t, you can always use kindness.”
A native of Tennessee, Senter-Brown’s father was a Baptist preacher and she was surrounded by a supportive, spiritual community that encouraged giving and volunteering. As a young girl growing up, she was fortunate to have strong female role models in her life who further influenced her belief in giving back: her mother, grandmother, and aunt.
In fact, Senter-Brown shared a story about her Aunt
That lesson, and similar
A faculty member in the WELL (Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders) program, those tenets are also part of Senter-Brown’s “Leadership in Practice” capstone class. As she states with her profile interview with Businesswest, “My class pushes people out of their comfort zone because they think they don’t have time for this because they are raising families, or they just don’t have an interest in it…while some students enter the class unconvinced of their need to become involved in the community. Few if any of them leave it feeling the same way.”
Spoken like the true difference maker that she is.