MWM-TN's January Activities!
In support of National Mentor Month, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy coordinated a discussion with professionals and students about life after high school as 100% of the seniors intend to pursue post-secondary education or credentialing—one of which has committed to Columbia University. Speakers were all Columbia alumni—an attorney, a business owner, and a medical Chaplin. Participants discussed college and career decisions, the importance of staying focused, enjoying life, and what college can offer.
On January 23, mentees of the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute program “Game ChangeHer” were hosted at Unum by trained mentors. Groups of mentors helped guide students toward opportunities that will on-ramp them to their desired careers and worked with mentees through individual projects that will become a collective, art installation on display at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy this Spring.
The Society of Female Transportation Professionals (SFTP), a Memphis-area professional organization, hosted a lunch meeting with students pursuing transportation majors at the University of Memphis (UM) on January 29. SFTP members shared their experiences in pursuing transportation careers and answered students’ questions regarding college-to-career transitions, workplace culture, work-life balance, and strategies for career success. The event was supported by the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center at the UM, Vaco, CN, Mallory Alexander International Logistics, and Technicolor Global Logistics.
Tennessee American Water and Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute
Tennessee American Water and the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute hosted a workshop with hands-on activities—using models of watersheds and water and wastewater treatment plants—to teach 10th grade students from Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy about the importance of clean water—in nature and at home. Students toured the Aquarium’s flagship freshwater science center to discover how biologists are restoring native species like Lake Sturgeon, Southern Appalachian Brook Trout, and Barrens Topminnows and how water quality impacts the health of these animals and all life on earth. The group also learned about the important work performed by water professionals to assure that drinking water is safe to drink and wastewater is properly treated so that the water can be continued to be used.