Herstory Exhibit Showcases Poole Alumnae in Diverse Industries
Jessica Carter, a Poole College graduating senior, created the Women’s Herstory Month exhibit that is in the third floor display case near the Nelson Hall auditorium.
The display complements NC State’s Unapologetically Women Herstory schedule by featuring six Poole College alumnae (see below) in various roles in a cross-section of industries. “We highlighted successful Poole alumnae with amazing stories to tell, representing all Poole College majors and many concentrations,” Carter said in an email interview with Poole College communications. “We also wanted to make sure the group of women we highlighted were intersectional. They really come from many different walks of life.”
The six women also will be attending the college’s “Inclusive By Design – Women’s “Herstory” Luncheon: Career Stories from Poole Alumnae,” scheduled for March 29 in Nelson Hall. Edward Jones is signature sponsor for this event. View registration and other details here.
“We were really excited to be able to invite these women at the end of the month for our luncheon. We hope that our students can really take value from this,” Carter said.
Carter has been assisting Tayah Lin Butler, Poole College’s director of diversity and inclusion, this year. She previously helped to organize the college’s first Inclusive Leader Breakfast held last fall, prior to the college’s career fair.
Her goal for the Women’s Herstory Month display, Carter said, is to express the message: “Women can accomplish anything they want, no matter the challenges. Behind every successful woman is a pack of women who have her back.”
Carter said that her experiences in working with Butler and the college’s diversity and inclusion initiative are aligned with her career goals: to start in HR at a company that both values diversity and inclusion in principle and invests in initiatives at the same level she has seen here at Poole College. She also aspires to eventually return to college for a master’s degree in higher education.
Alison Blodgett | Class of 2012 and 2013, bachelor’s and masters, economics; career: financial advisor, Edward Jones. Blodgett is happy working for a company that actively develops and showcases women talent, where she debunks stereotype-related challenges that may crop up through her excellent work.
Glenda Bowman | Class of 2010 and 2012, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. Career: Manager for private client services, EY. Arriving at NC State as a first-generation college student from Puerto Rico, Bowman learned English and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting that prepared her for her role at EY, where she has found a supportive environment.
Lily Chan | Class of 2016, business management, supply chain management concentration. Career: IT Software Consultant, IBM. Chan appreciates the IBM culture, which she has found enables work-family balance with its Women’s Business Resource Group and family leave policies.
LaTricia “LT” Frederick | Class of 1999, bachelor’s in business management, human resource management concentration. Career: Global program manager and leadership coach at Cisco. Frederick works in a Cisco department that leads the charge toward diversity, inclusion, and collaboration for over 70,000 employees.
Mimrah Hossain | Class of 2014, bachelor’s in business administration, IT concentration. Career: Business Functional Analyst, Deutsche Bank. An internship while an undergraduate student placed her on her career path with Deutsche Bank, where she is also a member of its Women on Wall Street (WOWS) group.
Raven Solomon | Class of 2008, bachelor’s in business management, marketing concentration. Career: Founder, Center for Next Generation Leadership & Professional Development. A diagnosis of epilepsy led her to leave a corporate career and follow her dreams of being an inspirational speaker.
Visit the exhibit on the third floor of Nelson Hall to learn more about these women and their experiences in the area of diversity and inclusion.
Carter has previously worked on many Poole College events and displays for heritage months, including a Latinx Heritage month display and pupusa truck that “was a huge hit,” she said.