Patience shared wisdom from her mother and father that shaped how she engages the employees at the City of Minneapolis.
In her 20-minute remarks (watch a 5 min summary of the breakfast), she helped us feel her strong shoulders, steely resolve and generous soul. Meeting leaders like Patience Ferguson keeps me focused on my purpose – to provide a consistent flow of “proof-statements” around the idea that Goodness Pays. Patience continued:
As the last child in a large family, her father personally named her “Patience.” It was a foreshadowing gesture that shaped her approach to people and leadership. “I was taught from a very early age there is goodness in everyone. It’s our god-given responsibility to treat everyone with respect and dignity. Regardless of how much money they make or their position in society.” She ran off a litany of specific names, of specific people, in specific moments along her journey for whom she was grateful.
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