This Is What A Leader Looks Like
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The stories of the people in our community who embody leadership, inspire change, and move us forward.

Jody Horner

President, Midland University

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I believe strongly in the mission of Midland University which is to inspire people to learn and lead in the world with purpose. Our students are entering the workforce with the curiosity and the skills to lead meaningful lives.

Jody Horner was the unanimous board selection to become President of Midland University in 2015. Under her tenure, Midland has experienced record-growth in recent years, both in enrollment and programmatic growth. Midland opened their Center for Graduate & Professional Studies at 114th & Dodge in central Omaha in 2017, home to their innovative Hybrid MBA, M.Ed., M.S. in Adult & Organizational Learning, Code Academy & Project Management Certification Program. Horner is committed to serving the students of Midland by being relentless in her pursuit of creating relevant opportunities for students by working from the marketplace back.

Horner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from St. Olaf College and earned her MBA from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.


Nancy Pridal

President, Lamp Rynearson & Associates

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I think that as a woman leader, I need to make sure my voice is heard. So education, for me, was really about finding my value.

Nancy Pridal became the President of Lamp Rynearson in 2017 after working at the company for more than 20 years. Lamp Rynearson is an industry leader in civil engineering, landscape architecture, construction administration, and surveying. Pridal is deeply committed to giving back to the community, helping to empower the next generation of women leaders to take their seat at the table. Pridal was selected by Habitat for Humanity as Omaha’s 2017 Power Woman of the Year.

Pridal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and earned a Master of Organizational Leadership from College of Saint Mary.


Josie Abboud

Executive Vice President & COO, Methodist Hospital

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For more women to be in leadership positions, no matter what industry, they have to believe in themselves. And they have to apply. The opportunity won’t be there for them if they don’t apply.

Josie Abboud was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Methodist Hospital in 2017, after being promoted from Vice President of Ancillary and Professional Services, a position she had held since 2008. Abboud first came to Methodist Hospital as a Staff Nurse and her deep commitment to patient care continues to drive her, now in the C-Suite. In 2006, she was recognized as one of Midlands Business Journal's "40 under 40" and a "Woman of Distinction.”

Abboud holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Creighton University and earned her MBA in Healthcare Management from Regis University in Denver.


Angela Garbacz

Founder & Owner, Goldenrod Pastries

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As a woman, it’s really hard to be comfortable telling your own story. Society tells us that maybe our story isn’t as important. Only after we started building a community organically did I realize how important it was. You have to share what’s important to you.

Angela Garbacz is the owner of Goldenrod Pastries, a boutique pastry shop in Lincoln, Nebraska. Goldenrod is proudly an all women-run bakery that caters to a variety of dietary restrictions, including gluten and dairy sensitivities. Garbacz is committed to seeing growth that's driven by values, not profitability.

Garbacz studied at French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center) in New York City and earned her Bachelor of Science in Food Science & Technology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Nancy Williams

President & CEO, No More Empty Pots

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I ascribe to both adaptive leadership and servant leadership. With both, you have to know who you are, and you have to be present. And I’ve learned that authenticity is core to both service and leadership.

Nancy Williams is the co-founder, President, and CEO of No More Empty Pots. No More Empty Pots is a non-profit organization that connects individuals and groups to improve self-sufficiency, regional food security, and the economic resilience of communities. Williams is deeply committed to the philosophy of self-sufficiency, directing No More Empty Pots to become a self-sustaining Social Enterprise as they empower the people in their community with those same values. Before co-founding No More Empty Pots, Williams served as the Chief Information Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands.

Williams holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University then earned her MS in Weed Science with a minor in Plant Pathology from Cornell University.



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Midland University is a private liberal arts university that believes that women can be anything, and that education will help them get there. 


Comprised of nearly 1400 students from 42 states and five countries, Midland University seeks to provide its students with relevant educational opportunities by working from the marketplace back to ensure career readiness. 

Midland offers 37 majors, four graduate programs, two certificate programs, a Code Academy, 31 varsity sports and more than 250 performing arts opportunities. 

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