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Kelci Lucier, 2020 Women of the Year

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Kelci Lucier, 2020 Women of the Year honoree.

Harvard graduate school alumna and community leader Kelci Lucier is a healthy combination of persistent achievement and compassionate leadership.

Byron Yankey, career and mentoring program manager at the Idaho State Board of Education, described Lucier as a “shameless team builder” in a letter of recommendation. It’s a vital skill in the educational eld, he added.

To Lucier, kindness and professionalism are the most important parts of building a team.

“I have had extremely kind mentors, supervisors, colleagues who really make a difference in how work gets done,” she said.

Her compassion and eagerness to learn fuel her habit of listening thoughtfully. “

As a thoughtful listener and eager learner, Kelci easily engages with all she meets,” Yankey wrote.

Lucier learned from her mentors to approach challenges with compassion and understanding. Her life as a leader started with people who took the time to help her to figure things out, she said.

“There were people who really encouraged me to sit down and think about higher education as a career,” she said. “I don’t think I would have put two and two together without that kind of mentorship.”

It started when Lucier began working with teenagers in foster care in her position at the Community College Foundation in San Francisco 20 years ago. From there, she continued to learn and begun passing on the guidance she received, encouraging mentees to pursue higher education with the promise of a more stable life.

Since then, she has spent her career helping others explore their own potential through higher education. She learned the ropes as a program manager and assistant to vice presidents early in her career and founded her own communications company in 2008. Starting in 2015, she went on to fulfill a number of roles at the public relations rm Strategies 360.

In January of 2018, Lucier took a position as a communications and marketing manager at Boise State University. There, she grew her team from two people to eight in less than two years.

“(If) we are all screaming at each other and we’ve been nasty the entire time then that’s a failed project,” she explained. “I don’t really think there’s a reason not to be nice.”

Last November, Lucier’s career took another big step forward. She founded Clarendon Avenue, LLC, an educational communications and consulting rm driven by her philosophy of kindness and teamwork.

Lucier is also active in the nonprofit community.

Click on the cover to view the digital edition of the 2020 Women of the Year publication.

A star campaigner for the YMCA, she helps fulfill the organization’s pledge that no one be turned away. She has been on the board since 2017 and serves as chair of the Strategy and Community Planning Advisory Committee.

David Duro, president and CEO of Treasure Valley Family YMCA, wrote in a letter of recommendation that Lucier holds “one of the most influential and trusted positions on the board.”

Without question, Lucier has a profound influence on her community.

“She is truly a champion for others,” Duro wrote.

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