Keiser University’s Clearwater campus recently motivated students with a special guest speaker as Black History Month concluded and Women’s History Month commenced.

Tuesday Fredricks, a Manatee County rural health services leader who  has overseen 28 clinics, including two medical mobile units, a pharmacy staff of 45 people, 100 nurses and a $6M budget, addressed students from a variety of programs. While exemplifying her  own setbacks and struggles, her message to students was ‘failure is temporary.’ She spoke about the importance of having the right people supporting one’s path to success, and emphasized the importance of setting and attaining specific goals in life.

“I had the right people at the foot of my ladder: my high school counselor, my dad, and my teachers,” said Fredricks, while noting that sometimes ‘tough love’ is necessary to keep students on the right path.

Fredricks presented to Clearwater campus students at the invitation of English Instructor John Davis Jr. This is the second Keiser University Clearwater Campus event to celebrate Women’s History Month. Last year, the campus hosted a “Women of Letters” Question and Answer panel with area authors, publishers, and poets.

Fredricks,  who holds advanced degrees from the University of Florida, Florida A&M University, and Stetson University, has recently addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars and other educational institutions.