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Women in Business Forum Held
04/02/2018
 Evann Corr (left), a senior, discusses her career plans with Kathy Young, owner of Merle Norman of Baytown. Young was one of the panelists at the Women in Business Forum, presented by Forté Foundation, held at Goose Creek Memorial High School.


Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

Evann Corr (left), a senior, discusses her career plans with Kathy Young, owner of Merle Norman of Baytown. Young was one of the panelists at the Women in Business Forum, presented by Forté Foundation, held at Goose Creek Memorial High School.

 


 

 Megan McDonald (left) from Goose Creek Memorial High School, asks Elissa Sangster, executive director of Forté Foundation, a question about career opportunities during the recent Women in Business Forum, held at GCM. The forum was held to give young women tools to help them pursue postsecondary education and careers in their area of interest.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Megan McDonald (left) from Goose Creek Memorial High School, asks Elissa Sangster, executive director of Forté Foundation, a question about career opportunities during the recent Women in Business Forum, held at GCM. The forum was held to give young women tools to help them pursue postsecondary education and careers in their area of interest.

 


 

 Panelists for the Women in Business Forum, presented by Forté Foundation and hosted by Goose Creek Memorial High School, are (from left) moderator Elissa Sanger, executive director for Forté Foundation; Renea Dillon, CTE director for Goose Creek CISD; Heather Betancourth, Chevron Phillips community relations and Baytown City Councilwoman; Holly Rivera, owner/operator of Chick-fil-A, Galleria; Kathy Young, owner of Merle Norman of Baytown; Jennifer Walsh, head of communications for Covestro, and Lean In Circle; Evelyn Garza, tax accountant with Deloitte; Carmella Favor, staff accountant with GrowthForce and Jamie Belinne, assistant dean for career services, C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. Eighty young women who are either in the Global Business Academy or in Advanced Placement Math or Science classes were invited to attend the panel discussion, designed to inform and encourage young women to pursue meaningful careers.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

Panelists for the Women in Business Forum, presented by Forté Foundation and hosted by Goose Creek Memorial High School, are (from left) moderator Elissa Sanger, executive director for Forté Foundation; Renea Dillon, CTE director for Goose Creek CISD; Heather Betancourth, Chevron Phillips community relations and Baytown City Councilwoman; Holly Rivera, owner/operator of Chick-fil-A, Galleria; Kathy Young, owner of Merle Norman of Baytown; Jennifer Walsh, head of communications for Covestro, and Lean In Circle; Evelyn Garza, tax accountant with Deloitte; Carmella Favor, staff accountant with GrowthForce and Jamie Belinne, assistant dean for career services, C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. Eighty young women who are either in the Global Business Academy or in Advanced Placement Math or Science classes were invited to attend the panel discussion, designed to inform and encourage young women to pursue meaningful careers.

 

Women in Business Forum Held

 

By Susan Passmore

 

Eighty young women, who are in the Global Business Academy or are enrolled in Advanced Placement Math or Science classes at Goose Creek Memorial High School, were invited to attend the recent Women in Business Forum, presented by Forté Foundation. The purpose of the event was to encourage young women to set their goals high and to seek scholarships, internships and other opportunities for postsecondary education to help them achieve their goals.

 

Elissa Sangster, executive director of Forté Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring women business leaders, served as the moderator. Panelists were Jamie Belinne, assistant dean for career services at C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston; Heather Betancourth, community relations for Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. and Baytown City Councilwoman and Carmella Favor, staff accountant at GrowthForce.

 

Panelists also included Evelyn Garza, tax accountant at Deloitte; Holly Rivera, owner/operator of Chick-fil-A, Galleria; Jennifer Walsh, head of communications for Covestro and Lean In Circle – Baytown founder; Kathy Young, owner of Merle Norman of Baytown and Renea Dillon, director of Career and Technical Education for Goose Creek CISD.

 

The women business leaders told students about their upbringing, college or training and career experience. Many had overcome obstacles to become the successful women leaders they are today, and they their personal experiences. Students asked questions about achieving their goals.

 

“The Women in Business Forum was an amazing opportunity for successful women business leaders to share, advise and encourage our GCM young ladies in their career and life pursuits. Students left inspired and empowered. We hope to follow this forum with a mentoring program that will support our efforts of women knowing the options they have in the workforce. We are truly grateful to all our community members who participated,” said Kelley Start, Career and Technical Education specialist at GCM.

 


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