ITC at Women's Empowerment Educational Conference!

     Published on 2/28/19   Tagged under:    ITC   

This past weekend Det. Taina Black, and Sentry Erica Manners were able to take a group of nine juniors and seniors to a two day Women’s Empowerment Educational Conference. The You Can’t Fail conference is a room of 165 women leaders focused on improving their leadership skills. On Friday evening the students began with a one hour meeting with the You Can’t Fail Board President Caeresa Richardson who is an electrical engineer and manager of the northeast lighting division for National Grid, to discuss careers in STEM. Afterwards they listened to keynote speaker Pamela Kelly, Director of Talent and Inclusion for Dot Foods, Inc., to talk about being an F.O.D.-First Only Different. Meaning, you may the only woman in the room or the first woman in the room or both, and how to handle the challenges or obstacles that come with it. On Day 2 they enjoyed a full day of workshops on Women on Boards, Money Matters, and The Entrepreneurial Transition: Identifying and Monetizing Your Side Hustle. The women finished Saturday with a panel discussion on “The Climb to the Top” and “Self Care is Not Selfish: Strategies for Practicing Self Care”. Throughout the two days these students were able to personally connect and speak with engineers, architects, CEO’s, and even Jennifer Sanders from NewsChannel 9 WSYR-TV, who is also one of ITC’s CTE career coaches. Some students left with business cards from women who are in their goal career fields and have now asked if they can bring those women in to speak at the new after-school activities club, ITC is L.I.T. (Leading Inspiring Teens) Det. Black, Det. Potts, and Sentry Manners host every Tuesday-Thursday. Gwen Webber-McLeod, Founder and CEO of You Can’t Fail Inc. was so impressed by the students level of interest, drive, and ambition she bought them all the conference t-shirts and gave them tickets to the Syracuse Women’s basketball game. It was a great turnout overall and we hope to take more students to next years conference.