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Front Page - Friday, December 11, 2015

Girls Inc. announces UnBought & UnBossed honorees

Yarelis Forte, junior at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, and Sharon Braden, regional business development manager at Thompson Engineering. Forte selected Braden as an UnBought and UnBossed honoree. - (Photo provided)

Girls Inc. has announced the women selected to be honored at the 12th annual UnBought and UnBossed Awards luncheon. Named for the phrase coined by Shirley Chisholm during her historic run for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination, the UnBought & UnBossed Awards honor local women who, through their career achievement and community involvement, have made a significant impact on the lives of women and girls. Community members submit nominations of women residing in Hamilton County, and high school-aged girls participating in Girls Inc.’s Women History Project select the honorees.

The honorees for 2016 are: Dr. Neslihan Alp, interim dean, UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science; Monique Berke, vice president of business transformation, CBL & Associates Properties; Sharon Braden, regional business development manager, Thompson Engineering; Jessie Fincher, director, Creative Arts Guild; Carol George, market executive and managing director, Merrill Lynch; Lynne Mulligan, senior programs manager, Creative Discovery Museum; Dr. Mukta Panda, assitant dean of medical student education, University of Tennessee College of Medicine; Nancy Ridge, certified healthcare navigator, Hamilton County Medical Foundation; and Mical Traynor, executive director, Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute.

As part of the Women’s History Project, girls learn about the history of women’s rights in the U.S. They then select an honoree from among the nominations. In addition, the girls hone their interview, research, and public speaking skills as they develop presentations to deliver in tribute to the UnBought and UnBossed honorees the selected at the annual awards luncheon in April.

Girls participating in this year’s Women’s History Project are: Ebony Boston, sophomore at Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences; A’Keia Colley, senior at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy; Yarelis Forte, junior at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy; Anaya Griggs, freshman at Chattanooga High School Center for the Creative Arts; Echantress Hodges, senior at Tyner Academy; Jahlah Johnson, sophomore at Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences; Hadessah O’Neal, sophomore at Ooltewah High School; Komal Patri, eighth grade at Girls Preparatory School; and Antoinette Taylor, senior at Tyner Academy.

The 12th Annual UnBought & UnBossed Awards luncheon will be held Wednesday, April 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Tables are available at www.UnBoughtandUnBossed.net. For sponsorship information, contact Phil Trammell at (423) 624-4757 or ptrammell@girlsincofchatt.org.

Source: Girls Inc. 

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