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Akberet Boykin Farr

Women’s Leadership Forum
Vice President, Human Resources
Nidec Motor Corp.
“Forum courses will give you clarity about who you are and what kind of leader you want to be.”

​“Stop and think about who you are and what kind of leader you want to be. Forum courses will give you clarity.”

Why she enrolled in the Women’s Leadership Forum

Boykin Farr says she enjoys learning, which explains her PhD in organizational theory and public policy studies, MBA in human resources management, and BS in management and industrial relations. In 2014, she went back to school again—this time, to earn a certificate in women’s leadership from WashU.

“I wanted to take a pause and focus on my ability to influence stakeholders,” she says. “It was important for me to be the type of individual other people would want to follow.”

How the forum redefined her leadership profile

“'Don’t worry about being nice; just concentrate on being professional,’ professor Hillary Anger Elfenbein told us during class. Her quote stuck with me. Women often are groomed to be people pleasers, rather than effective executives. The forum also taught me that to have a bigger impact, female leaders need to be financial givers in their communities.”

Advice for other professionals who are considering the forum

“Stop and think about who you are and what kind of leader you want to be. Forum courses will give you clarity.”

Akberet Boykin Farr

Vice President, Human Resources, Nidec Motor Corp.

COURSES ATTENDED

Power, Politics, and Informal Leadership; Difficult Conversations; Building Alliances and Your Power Base; Effective Negotiation Strategies; Managing Your Leadership Journey; Leveraging Your Strengths