Thursday, November 22, 2018

Why I'm Thankful for Mentors, Research Beginnings and New Friends

My experience with WomenNC so far has been nothing short of wonderful! Last Thursday, I was honored to be able to attend the Advisory Board Luncheon. While it was not my first time in the Executive Mansion, it is not often that one gets the opportunity to experience such a meaningful private event. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the affiliates  of WomenNC more intimately. It certainly made for enriching dining conversation.

I have now properly begun my independent research on the topic of the gender wage gap and the lack of women in high level executive positions in Durham, North Carolina. I have found that I am especially interested in these issues, as they are connected to the broader struggle for intersectional women's rights. This Thanksgiving, I am certainly thankful for my mentor, Leslie Turner! She has been extremely helpful in guiding me in my work thus far.  I've enjoyed our many phone conversations and coffee meetings.  I have since revised my research question and outline, and have continued my collecting of data for my literature review.  I am looking forward to taking the next steps in turning my rough research into a compelling and informative rough draft.

 A highlight of my participation as a WomenNC scholar is the relationships I have been able to take part in. The program directors have been unspeakably supportive and hands-on in their approach.  I have also been fortunate to network with the community-particularly with the Durham Women's Commission. Beyond that, it has been truly lovely to build friendships with my fellow scholars!


  1. So glad that you are working well with your mentor. I know how important relationship-building is to success--and you are well on your way to understanding and putting into practice this insight that Beth knows only too well.

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