By Nicole Tull
Saturday in Mansfield, a group of ladies gathered at the Mansfield Elementary School to celebrate the younger generation at a luncheon. Girls Leading, Optimizing, and Winning, or GLOW, was the local chapter sponsoring the luncheon. The group focuses on building character, leadership, self-esteem, education, mental health, and guiding the girls to a career.
Panelists that graduated from Mansfield High School came to speak to the girls. Each of the panelists went on to obtain advanced degrees. Ms. Amber Blaze, Dr. Markia Bryant, Ms. Harterica Hines, and Dr. Kelsey Taylor each shared their journey to encourage our Mansfield students that they too can make their mark on the world through education. Dr. Ilene Harper and Mrs. Bridgette Salsberry were also noted women from Mansfield that came to celebrate.
The National Association of University Women is the parent organization that has many chapters nationwide. GLOW is included in the organization. The group also focuses their efforts to the community they are engaged in. Every month they choose a different way to be involved. Some initiatives have been heart health, art, Alzheimer’s, breast health, mental health, and literacy programs. The local chapter has been in DeSoto Parish since 2018 and are always trying to find new ways to breathe life into Mansfield.
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