In an essay for Politico, Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, saluted her mother Barbara Bowman, Erikson’s interim president and co-founder.

Speaking of Bowman’s efforts to promote quality and excellence in the classroom, Jarrett says, “My mom sees every child as her own and has devoted her life to helping us all reach our full potential.”

Jarrett adds that her mother taught her “there are no quick paths to success that can substitute for hard work and persistence. And today at the age of 85, she is still unwilling to turn down any opportunity to make a difference.”

The essay was part of the “Women Rule” series, an effort by Politico, Google, and the Tory Burch Foundation exploring how women are leading change in politics, policy, and their communities.

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