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Women’s Executive Program seeks to build connections among professionals

By Cindy Simpson

A recent study shows the most successful women surround themselves with other women, and a program coordinated by the Roane Chamber is doing just that.

The Chamber held its first session of the 2019 Women’s Executive Program at Greenwood School last week.

The first speaker to present a talk was Danice Turpin, director of Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Harriman, who spoke on the importance of mentors and mentoring others.

“To have a good mentor you have to be a good mentor. What do you have in your toolbox you carry around that you can give to some aspiring woman trying to make her way?” Turpin said during her presentation.

Turpin, who had a career in engineering before following her passion in education, detailed some of the mentors she’s met in her life, including elementary school teachers who saw her strength in math to fellow engineers and later, fellow educators.

She encouraged those in attendance to make a list of those who are mentors in different ways in their own lives and to look at ways they can mentor others as well.

The Women’s Executive Program is a partnership with Greenwood School Education Foundation and a way to reach women in the community by gathering intelligent and inspiring speakers whom can speak to issues that touch the lives of all women.

There are four sessions each year. ORUD is the 2019 program sponsor.

The next speaker will be Candace Vannasdale, Harriman Utility Board general manager, who will present at noon Wednesday, April 3.

Betsy Cunningham, Y-12 Federal Credit Union manager-Community and Public Relations, will speak on Wednesday, June 5.

Cheryl Sanders, a major with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, will speak Wednesday, Oct. 9.

For more information on the Women’s Executive Program or to sign up for future sessions, call 376-5572 ext. 205. Chamber members pay $35 a session or $100 annually.

Non-chamber members pay $50 a session or $150 annually.

Prior to Turpin’s speech, Cindy Whaley spoke about the partnership Roane State Community College has developed with Lindsey Wilson College which allows students with an associates degree to transfer to Lindsey Wilson to pursue a bachelors degree.