On Jan. 28, the Director of Diversity Education and Development, Jenée Spencer, was inducted into the 2021 Momentum Upward Early-Career Program class.
The Momentum Upward Early-Career Program is a nine-month program designed to provide early-career women with knowledge in emotional intelligence, communication, goal-setting, prioritization, change management, career ownership, teamwork, collaboration, leadership fundamentals and peer to leader transition.
Spencer shared her main reasons behind applying for the program. She discussed that there are many women at Samford whom she admires who have gone through the Momentum program, and one of her mentors thought that she would be a good fit for the program.
“Increasing my network of amazing women,(and) skills to help me navigate my career so that I can achieve my professional goals and skills to help me build my community,” Spencer said.
Spencer said she also wishes to pass on any knowledge that she learns to her family and friends who might not have access to this program.
Spencer went on to share advice for people of color.
“Any opportunity to grow is valuable, and there is a lot of strength in our community,” Spencer said. “If you see a barrier, it is not insurmountable, connect yourself to people who can help you think through those challenges. Don’t slow down.”
For more information about the 2021 Momentum Upward Early-Career Program class, students can visit the announcement in the Birmingham Business Journal. To learn more about the Momentum organization and its programs, visit their website at momentumleaders.org.