2 programs championing Birmingham women in the workplace—learn more

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Empowering women in the workplace. Photo via Momentum’s Facebook

Girl bosses of Birmingham, this one’s for you. Two exciting programs just hit The Magic City: Women Who Enterprise and Momentum’s Executive Leadership Program at UAB. These programs promote growth + leadership for Birmingham women in the workplace. Keep reading for the details and how to get involved.

1. Women Who Enterprise

Do you want to take your business to the next level? Women Who Enterprise has the resources for you. This 3-month accelerated business program empowers and equips Birmingham’s businesswomen.

The program uses a structured curriculum, a virtual cohort model and expert lectures to support aspiring and current businesswomen of color as they start, grow and flourish their businesses. Thanks to sponsors like PayPal, the program is available at no cost.

By the end of the program, participants will graduate with a business plan, certificate of completion and gain exposure to the principles of managing a biz.

Want in? Check out the criteria:

  • Must be 21 years or older
  • A woman of color and/or multicultural
  • Must have an exisiting business that supplies goods and/or services
  • In business for at least 12 months
  • Must be the founder/CEO of represented business
  • Have access to online learning in a dedicated, stationary space with mandatory on-camera presence

There are 20 open spots—apply today. The winter accelerator begins on November 6, 2021.

Not ready to apply? Their next cohort is in spring 2022. You can stay in the know by visiting walkerlegacy.org/accelorators.

2. Momentum’s Executive Leadership Program at UAB

Momentum’s Executive Leadership Program is a 9-month curriculum for Alabama businesswomen that expands leadership skills while building connections. UAB just partnered with Momentum to pilot the program for UAB’s senior women leaders.

“UAB is such an incredible asset to the state, we are thrilled to partner with them to provide the Momentum leadership experience for their senior women leaders. With all of the challenges brought on by the pandemic, particularly in healthcare, we are going to need a very strong, diverse group of leaders. The women in this inaugural Momentum class for UAB are up to the task.”

April Benetollo, CEO, Momentum

The inaugural class is made up of 18 women:

  • Kristi Gidley (Department of Otolaryngology)
  • Jill Horton (Financial Management UAB Medicine)
  • Kiersten Kennedy, M.D. (Hospitalist Service, General Internal Medicine)
  • Catherine Brown, Ph.D. (Advanced Practice Providers)
  • Laura Hurst (Cooper Green)
  • Erin Yarbrough (HSF)
  • Beth Caine (Center of Psychiatric Medicine)
  • Amanda Chambers (Nursing Services)
  • Cynthia Ransburg-Brown (University Counsel)
  • Lauren Graham (Department of Dermatology)
  • Cathy Fuller (Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology)
  • Rachael Lee, M.D. (Division of Infectious Diseases)
  • Angela Medici (Quality and Patient Safety)
  • Donna Bailer (Department of Neurosurgery)
  • Megann Cain (School of Medicine Development)
  • Stephanie McClinton (HSF)
  • Paige Dorman (School of Medicine Dean’s Office)
  • Cynthia Joiner (Department of Medicine)

The criteria for this one-of-a-kind program:

  • Varying backgrounds
  • 10+ years of high level or civic experience
  • Management experience, not an individual contributor
  • Work on high-level projects and initiatives
  • Strong commitment to professional and personal growth

Do you know a UAB leader who would be a great fit for the program? Next year’s nominations begin in summer 2022.

We love seeing the ways Birmingham women in the workplace can dig deeper.

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