GREENSBORO, N.C. -- You know her parents are proud. For 20 years, Superior Court Judge Patrice Hinnant has made many a life changing rulings on the bench.
It's easy to assume that paving her own path and her strong leadership skills just came very naturally for her, but the self-described introvert says it was a class back in 1988 that really helped her define exactly what she wanted to do and how she could do it.
"The executive director of the program kept telling me I'd be perfect for legislative, but I thought, 'No, I'm an introvert, the less I have to do in front of people the better," said Hinnant of the class she took at the North Carolina Institue of Political Leadership in Greensboro.
IOPL is the oldest, non-partisan, nonprofit leadership training program in the state. It teaches people who want to make a difference how to make a difference, in political office or not.
"We teach how to disagree without being disagreeable. I think that's really important because everyone's entitled to their opinion. Our resources help anyone running for office or people who want to be impactful on their local school board, or PTO or neighborhood group," said IOPL's Executive Director Ross Harris.
To find out more information, visit IOPL's website.