"Women make up a large majority of our community and should be a part of the decisions that are made within and around our community."
That is what Guardians of the Glades Co-Founder Tammy Jackson-Moore said to herself for at least 10 years when she envisioned a Women's Leadership Program in the Glades for women in the Glades. Her vision was to prepare women for leadership roles in their careers with the understanding that some of the techniques learned can be incorporated into their personal lives.
Having thought about a leadership program for women and sitting on her vision, Jackson-Moore said she spoke about her vision with a few friends last year and they encouraged her to create the program because local women would benefit from it. She said she was interested in women developing their leadership potential so that they can be better leaders and excel in their professions as well as in their personal relationships.
"I want women to know that there are women that will sacrifice and assist them in reaching their goals," she said. Her friends encouraged me to start the program and vowed to help her. After months of preparation and marketing the program, the Guardians of the Glades Women's Leadership Program was born, and the 5-month leadership program began.
Eleven ladies were accepted into the program and each was teamed up with a mentor who would assist them throughout the program. The mentees were required to meet regularly with their mentors and to prepare a final project prior to graduating from the program. Throughout the program, participants attended sessions where they learned “Goal Setting and Personal Business Success”, “How to Be A Powerful Networker and How to Make the Ask”, and “The Path to Success”. Jackson-Moore said she witnessed their growth and development while they went through the program and not only did they learn a lot, "the mentees developed a bond that I am so incredibly proud of," she said.
Jackson-Moore said, "the inaugural class recently graduated and I am happy for the women that committed themselves to their development as leaders."
"It's my hope that women from my community have opportunities to serve on boards and committees so that the community is represented by women leaders."
Florida Crystals served as sponsor for the Guardians of the Glades Women's Leadership Program and provided support throughout the 5-month sessions. Charlotte Wright of West Palm Beach served as the speaker for the graduation and she provided an empowering speech that encouraged the graduates to continue forward and not allow challenges to interrupt their leadership goals and potential.