Celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month with a film screening and discussion with Library Director Diane Kresh.
In her words: "I have spent more than 40 years working full-time in libraries and there is not one area of library service that I have not experienced first-hand or managed. So what’s next? What difference can I continue to make to the staff and services of Arlington Public Library, to Arlington County Government, to the community and to myself? My Pride talk in June of last year was a personal and professional watershed. This public sharing of long held, private thoughts and beliefs suggested to me that what I did for myself – openly tell "my story" – I could help others do. That personal reflection led me to create a network for women leaders working for Arlington County Government. Called WoW which stands for Women Work – it is a safe place for women leaders – at all levels, from all backgrounds -- to mentor, learn from, inspire and advocate for one another. The national conversations about sexual harassment (#MeToo) and workplace inequities suggest that this is a cultural moment. The moment won't (can't) evolve into a movement unless women take action. Arlington’s women leaders are willing to do their part and are looking for allies."
Diane Kresh is the Director of Arlington Public Library, a job she has held since April 2006. She was born in Lakehurst, NJ, and raised in Arlington, VA. She is a mother of two sons, Matt and Nate, and wife of Colleen Donnelly. An avid photographer, collage artist, theater-goer, choral singer and reader, she’s grateful to live and work in Arlington.
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