Linked to Excellence Empowers Women
By Leona Dunn
Meter Staff Writer
Linked to Excellence Music City Branch at Tennessee State University is a program of educated empowering women who have come back to help female students unlock the keys to success in both their workplace and lives. Alumni and their successful associates meet once a month in the research and sponsored programs building to go over a topic that should aid in helping the young women of this university succeed.
“The program is pretty routine; we have dinner followed by introductions, a guest speaker or women from the program who review basic skills such as time and management, budgeting, teamwork, etc. Then we take questions, comments and concerns until we retreat back to our various places of residence awaiting the next time we ‘link up’,” said freshman Kelita Browning.
Though the gist of the program sounds simple, what the young women take back with them in experiences, knowledge and the connections successful independent woman who look like them is what makes this program so unique from other mentoring programs at the university.
“There was an ‘excellence in the workplace’ topic we had one day where they explained that just because we are black women, we will have to face more barriers. We have to stay on it because we can make it through every one of them if we just stay focused,” said junior, Denise McGarity, “ being a black female aviation major, you never hear of females in my field, especially not black females so having all of these women supportive of my dreams and ambitions, it’s just an amazing feeling.”
The linked program not only supports the young ladies involved but are active in supporting each other. At the Women of Legend and Merritt Dinner one very active links member, Latrisha Jemison, Regions Bank Senior Vice President and Regional Community Affairs Manager was honored for her community service accomplishments, and the linked to excellence staff of women booked a table for front row seats.
“The first outing we had this year was at Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and it was so foreign to me never being in that type of environment, being constantly surrounded by all women with such positive energy,” McGarity said, “This program has definitely given me opportunities I would have never experienced otherwise, and it has definitely helped us, TSU young women, brighten our horizons.”