21st Annual The Sky is the Limit
Morgan Stanley presents the Mathews-Dickey "The Sky Is The Limit"; Program celebrates 21 years of career-readiness and guidance to more than 4,500 young women in the St. Louis area.
Keynote Speaker Carla Harris
Fox 2's Shirley Washington.
Actress Anna Maria Horsford.
Career Address Speaker Belinda Bond
The Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club will celebrate the 21st anniversary of “The Sky is the Limit” with a team of prominent corporations, women's organizations and female business executives provide monetary and volunteer support for the event, which pairs career-minded young women with local mentors from the St. Louis business community. The two-part career-readiness program provides 200 junior high-school and high-school participants from St. Louis and Metro East areas with mentors, professional development guidance and the financial means to attend college and become productive and responsible citizens.
The celebration's inaugural honorary chairwoman is NewsChannel 5 anchor Karen Foss. Accompanying her are the other honorary chairwomen: Barbara Brack, wife of Time Inc. chairman emeritus Reginald Brack, Jr.; Attorney Virginia Busch; Debra Denham, vice president, community affairs, BJC HealthCare; Sue Engelhardt, philanthropist and community volunteer; St. Louis' first woman US Postal Service Manager Delores Mars; Deborah Patterson, president, The Monsanto Fund and Club Board Member Dr. Anne Price. Also “Amen” and BET’s “Reed Between the Lines” Actress Anna Maria Horsford will also join the event as an honorary chairwoman and help give out college scholarships.
Maritz, 1400 S. Highway Dr., Fenton, MO 63099, will host the “Women in Careers Workshop” from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring Fortune 500 executives presenting seminars. President & CEO of The Belinda Bond Connections and former AT&T Executive Belinda Bond will provide the career address.
The Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, One S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102, will host the "Career-Readiness Luncheon" at 11:30 a.m., which gives young women an opportunity to meet and network with successful female business owners and executives. Fox 2's Shirley Washington will emcee the program, accompaanied by Carla Harris, an author, singer and vice chairman, global wealth management and senior client advisor managing director at Morgan Stanley, as the keynote speaker.
A team of educational advisors rounded up participants from Belleville, Brentwood, Clayton, East St. Louis, Ferguson-Florissant, Francis Howell, Hazelwood, Jennings, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lindbergh, Normandy, Parkway, Pattonville, Ritenour, Riverview Gardens, Rockwood, St. Louis Public Schools, University City and Webster Groves school districts. Several parochial, private and charter schools also participated.
One thousand dollar scholarships will be presented attending graduating seniors. Sponsors of the event include Maritz, BJC HealthCare, Citi, Edward Jones, Ernst & Young, The Monsanto Fund, and Walgreens.
In 2014, 80 percent of students reported an increased knowledge of the education required for careers, 86 percent cited an increased exposure to helpful mentors and 81 percent credited the program with improving their networking skills.
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Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) United Way member agency that annually provides educational, athletic and cultural enrichment programs to more than 40,000 young people from throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Since 1960 the Club has taught youth respect, restraint and responsibility so that they may obtain credibility, integrity and accountability. For more information, call Bill Fronczak at (314) 382-5952, ext. 228.