Year of Leadership: Through Empowerment

Marian Girls Are Leaders. 

They are leaders in the classroom, asking questions to challenge themselves and others. They are leaders in the community, serving dozens of organizations with their time and talents. They are leaders on the court, working together as a team to do their best. They are leaders on the stage, showcasing their individual and collective talents.   What does it mean to be a leader? At Marian it means being true to yourself, believing in yourself and always striving to do your best.  Some leaders are overt. They stand out in a crowd. They do their best out in front, cheering others on and holding people accountable. Some leaders are quiet. They are true to who they are without making a fuss.They do their best as part of a team.Their contribution to the collective is just as important as anyone’s. Marian recognizes that it takes all types of leaders to create the unique, safe, supportive sisterhood that is this school.  Marian has named the 2011-2012 school year the Year of Leadership Through Empowerment as a way to focus on an important part of our commitment to empowering girls to succeed as confident, independent, thinking leaders. The school year will be filled with initiatives, activities and events that reaffirm Marian's promise as a school that empowers girls to succeed as leaders by opening doors of opportunity for their futures. Click here to read about the Leadership Certification Marian faculty received from Bellevue University in 2011. 

2012-2013 All-School Read

Freshmen and sophomores will read Rick Riordan's, "The Red Pyramid" and juniors and seniors will read Deborah Harkness', "A Discovery of Witches."


2011-2012 Lunch With a Leader Speaker Series: 

Amy Adams '81
Amy Adams received a Bachelor of Science Degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in political science from UNO. She has covered many areas of news, including the crime beat and the first World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado for Channel 6 News. In 2000, she was promoted to Assignment Editor at WOWT, but currently holds the position of News Director there. Amy has been instrumental in bringing social media platforms to the newsroom and leading its transition to High Definition. Amy spoke to students on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, during both lunch periods, 11:56 a.m.-12:26 p.m. & 12:34-1:04 p.m in the West Gym.  

Emily Manhart Holtzclaw ’91                                       
Emily Manhart Holtzclaw ’91 is a Professional Engineer, currently working as a Water Resources Engineer and Project Manager in Omaha. Emily will be speaking on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 during both lunch periods: 11:56-12:26 p.m. & 12:34-1:04 p.m. in Marian’s West Gym. This ‘bring your own sack lunch’ presentation will be an opportunity for Marian students, staff and local Marian community to hear how our alumnae are making a difference. Click here to view Emily's presentation in powerpoint!

Christina Mason '06: October Speaker
Christina Mason is a 2006 Marian alumnae. She was a member of the Trapshooting Team, Mime Troupe, Recruitment Team, JCL and a member of Select Women's Choir. She participated in Marian Musicals and spring plays. Upon graduating, she attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Art Education. She student taught at Beals and Joslyn Elementary schools as well as Burke High School. After graduating, she had a change of heart about her career choice. She realized teaching was not for her and she was left looking for something more. She spent the summer traveling and in the fall of 2010 she began thinking once again about a possible career she had contemplated in years prior. In October, 2010 she enlisted in the United States Air Force. She left for Basic Military Training in San Antonio, Texas in January of 2011. Since then she's enjoyed traveling across the United States training for different aspects of her new career. She is now stationed at Beale Air Force Base in California. Christina will be speaking on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 during both lunch periods: 11:28-11:58 a.m. & 12:13-12:43 p.m. in Marian's West Gym.


2010-2011 Lunch With a Leader Speaker Series

Jennifer Matt '86: April Speaker
Jennifer Matt, a 1986 Marian graduate, was our sixth and final speaker for the April 19 Lunch with a Leader Speaker Series this year. As a female entrepreneur in internet technology, her specialties include Internet strategy, business development, and product development. Jennifer has been involved in more than five startups in Silicon Valley, along with leadership roles in several large software companies. After serving as president of a global software company operating on three continents, Jennifer recently started her own business, Web2Print Experts, Inc. providing strategic consulting and software development services. In the fall of 2010, the company won a major contract with the US Department of Defense where they are web-enabling 200 print centers around the world. Jennifer holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MBA from the Masagung Graduate School of Management at the University of San Francisco. She lives in San Francisco, California.  While at Marian, Jennifer was an All-American basketball player and a member of Marian’s first State Championship Basketball Team. In her freshman year, Jennifer was the starting guard for Marian at the state tournament. She was also an All-State soccer player and the leading scorer on Marian’s club soccer team (prior to sanctioned state soccer program). During Jennifer’s tenure with Marian’s varsity soccer program, they won 3 Hoover Cup Championships (state club championship).  After being recruited by hundreds of schools for basketball and soccer, Jennifer went to the University of California, Santa Barbara to play Division I college soccer and study marine biology and environmental law.

Jen Edney' 01: March Speaker
Adventure Photographer Jen Edney '01 spoke at the March 15 Lunch with a Leader speaker series. The sack lunch event took place in Marian’s West Gym, 7400 Military Ave., during both lunches from 11:28 to 11:58 p.m. and 12:13 to 12:43 p.m.  Jen is a full-time photographer specializing in adventure photography. She graduated from Creighton University in 2005 with a degree in graphic design. She then enrolled in photography school at the Brooks Institute in California but left school to photograph the sailing adventures of 16-year-old Zac Sunderland, a California teenager who held the title of youngest to ever sail around the world, alone. This assignment led her to different ports around the world, documenting his voyage.  She is a certified scuba diver and is close to earning her pilot’s license. She’s spent six months out of the last two years at sea, logging 60,000 miles on the water. Her photos have been featured in sailing and sports magazines, capturing images of a family spending a year living on their sailboat and documenting the stories of athletes prepping for the Pan American games. Jen’s work has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Omaha World-Herald and Ventura County Star and on ESPN, ABC Prime Time, CBS Sports and various other publications. Visit her website at
Erin Grace '91: February Speaker
Award-winning Omaha World-Herald Journalist Erin Grace ’91 spoke at the Tuesday, February 15th, lunch. Erin has worked as a journalist at the Omaha World-Herald since 1998 primarily as a reporter and has covered a variety of beats and topics including: schools, Omaha City Hall, north Omaha and poverty and housing-related issues. After Hurricane Katrina she traveled to the Gulf Coast and covered Nebraskans' contributions to the relief effort traveling on round-the-clock SWAT and rescue missions with the Nebraska National Guard and sleeping on a cot on New Orlean’s Canal Street. She has also contributed to series and major coverage the paper has done on teen suicide, black poverty, the Von Maur shootings and the failing economy. She currently works part-time as a general assignment reporter and occasionally blogs for momaha, the World-Herald's website for mothers.

D'Arcy Jensen '88: January Speaker
Our third guest speaker was D'Arcy Jensen '88 on Tuesday, January 24th. D'Arcy is the vice president and global creative director for LeSportsac, a leading manufacturer of functional and chic handbags in New York City. She was kind enough to raffle off a Lesportsac bag from the Spring collection to one lucky Marian girl. Please contact Nancy Casey in Alumnae Relations with any questions,


Jennifer Lukas Landus '90: December Speaker
Our second guest speaker was Jennifer Lukas Landus on December 7th.  Jen is a local artist who created Pincurl Girls, a project that provides artwork and products that encourage girls of all ages to love, express and believe in themselves. The Pincurl Girls project includes self-esteem exercises, games and building products. Check out her website at  


 Sharon Slattery '75: Kick Off Speaker
Marian welcomed former FBI agent and Marian alumna, Sharon Slattery '75, to kick off the Year of Leadership, Lunch with a Leader speaker series.  During her career with the FBI, her positions included investigator, liaison and trainer and manager at both the Washington D.C. FBI Headquarters and the Los Angeles FBI Field Office. Sharon spoke to the current students about her experience with the Bureau and how Marian prepared her for life.  

Check out her Channel Six interview below!