2018 Women's History Month Program
Motivational speaker Sandra Dubose offered inspiration to those attending PCC’s Women’s History Month program Wednesday by telling the story of how she regained her self-esteem after an autoimmune disorder resulted in permanent hair loss.

Dubose, who lightheartedly refers to herself as the “Bald Beauty Queen of Self-Esteem” these days, was 25 years old when she suffered from alopecia areata, a condition in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its hair follicles.

Though losing her hair dealt her a “devastating” blow, Dubose said it resulted in soul-searching and gave her an opportunity to evaluate the concepts of self-esteem and beauty. She said she eventually grew to accept that her hair wasn’t coming back, there was nothing she could about it, and it was time to move on.

“Sometimes, life doesn’t turn out the way we want it to …,” she said. “Nevertheless, you must persist.”

Dubose, who is also an author and jazz vocalist, spent much of her presentation discussing four of the six principles for healing emotional wounds and building healthy self-esteem that she details in her book, “My Crown and Glory.”

During the program, PCC presented the 2018 Woman of Substance Award to Lori Preast in recognition of leadership, dedication to education, and commitment to student success.

Preast, who is PCC’s assistant vice president of Academic Affairs, is the 17th employee to receive the award, which was established by the college’s Multicultural Activities Committee (MAC) and Student Government Association to recognize and encourage outstanding women role models on campus.

“To even be in the company of those nominated for the Woman of Substance Award, past and present, was humbling,” Preast said. “So, when they announced that I was the recipient, the tears started flowing.”
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