Six college students and 17 students from Garner Magnet High will be among the guests April 7 for the Garner Chamber of Commerce’s annual Women in Business Luncheon.
The mission of the luncheon is to encourage women in their careers, provide an opportunity for networking among professional women and give tips on how to enrich their personal lives.
The students, called NexGen attendees, are invited to see the possibilities.
“We work with school counselors to determine who might benefit from this opportunity,” said the Chamber’s Beverly Adams. “It is not always the best and the brightest. There are plenty of girls who need a boost, some encouragement, to begin reaching their potential.
“One of the important aspects is for all these young women to see and meet successful, professional women.”
Sarah Beth Thorpe, a Garner Magnet senior, said the two Women in Business luncheons she has attended were eye-opening.
“I learned a lot from the other women,” Thorpe said. “What I picked up was that if you dream, have discipline, work hard and focus on your goal, you can achieve great things.”
Thorpe plans to study sonotherapy in school.
“I’ve always wanted to help other people and I think the medical field will be a good fit,” Thorpe said. “The conference really emphasizes that you have to set priorities and work to reach goals. That has helped me a lot.”
This year’s speaker is Jessica Jacobs Marquardt, who was Miss North Carolina in 2007. She was a Miss America finalist.
She works in the marketing and business development arm of the JMP Division of SAS. She is the managing editor of the magazine JMP Foreword and helps develop and implement marketing plays for Discovery Summit.
“She is now on the global stage,” Adams said. “She is still using the lessons that she learned early in her career.”
Tickets are available at the Garner Chamber of Commerce.
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