Josette Shaughnessy, EPCC Vice President of Financial & Administrative Operations, was inducted into the El Paso Commission for Women’s El Paso Women’s Hall of Fame on March 24.
The Hall of Fame honors outstanding women for their long-term contributions. Shaughnessy was inducted in the Business Category for being an exceptional leader in the business sector having made an important and lasting contribution to the community.
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Josette Shaughnessy, EPCC Vice President of
Financial & Administrative Operations.
“EPCC is proud to celebrate Ms. Shaughnessy’s induction into the El Paso Women’s Hall of Fame since she is a true advocate for our students and our community,” EPCC President Dr. William Serrata said.
“She is an engaged cabinet leader and role-model who is passionate about leading by example for her staff, is a mentor for many and strives each day to make a positive impact.”
Shaughnessy came to the U.S. from France. She became a student at EPCC and later obtained three college degrees becoming a business woman, role model and mentor.
She is a trailblazing leader in the business category for achieving a prominent position as a woman in finance.
Starting from the bottom-up, she worked as an accounting clerk, a book keeper and a manager in the private sector. She then returned to EPCC as a Special Project Accountant, an Assistant Comptroller, a comptroller and in other progressively responsible roles until she achieved her current position.
She has become an accomplished finance leader and mentor in both finance and higher education.
She graduated with an Associate of Applied Science in accounting and continued her education receiving her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a master's degree in accountancy from UTEP.
Shaughnessy also became a Certified Public Accountant.
Her early career was in real estate and in oil & gas and construction industries.
“Josette has always been selfless when it comes to the needs of the common good, whether it be for an individual or a worthy cause. She has many talents that go unnoticed,” Maude Snell of the Alliance Francaise of El Paso said.
“She leads by example, she treats people with respect and listens to people in a way to try to understand where they are coming from and is a problem solver."
Shaughnessy has served on various non-profits and is an active community member.
She is an advocate for inclusivity and diversity.
She is fervent in her support of women as evidenced by her involvement with the YWCA where she is a past Board of Director and even served as Treasurer during her term.
She is also a staunch proponent of Diversity Programs at EPCC which she attends and promotes both as a supervisor for the department, but also as a volunteer and supporter.
For more than 15 years, she has been an active member or served on the Board of Alliance Française d’El Paso where she served as a past Treasurer and is the current President.
The Alliance Française d’El Paso promotes friendship, awareness and collaboration with the French-speaking world, another way Ms. Shaughnessy contributes to diversity and the vibrant culture of our border region.
Jane Snow who served with Shaughnessy on the YWCA Board of Directors described her high degree of financial expertise and leadership saying, “she has distinguished herself in our community both professionally and as a volunteer, and is certainly worthy of recognition.”