Female Leaders Talk Business with Jr. High Girls

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Nearly 300 Darby Junior High girls got the chance to meet local female business leaders at the Zonta Club of Fort Smith’s annual career fair Friday afternoon (May 17).

The girls, grades 7-9, discussed career and college options with representatives from 50 local businesses and colleges in the school’s gym for about three hours.

Our own morning anchor Heather Lewis was there, along with representatives of the Fort Smith Police, MovieLounge chef Blythe Beck, female construction workers, and even a pet groomer.

Organizers hope they can be a positive influence on the girls at an early age.

“We hope we can reach some of the girls and plant the idea that they need to stay in school, make a plan, think about a career and work toward that goal,” said Cathy Williams with the Zonta Club of Fort Smith.

Zonta Club of Fort Smith is an international organization of executives and professionals who work to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. They host events like this every year either at Darby or Kimmons Jr. High, according to Williams. They also award scholarships to local girls.

For more on the Zonta Club of Fort Smith visit their Facebook page.