Renaissance Holds Women's Empowerment Career Fair

Renaissance Holds Women's Empowerment Career Fair
Posted on 04/04/2024

In celebration of Women's History Month, Renaissance Middle School organized and hosted an all women-led Career Fair, which served as a tribute to the contributions of women.

The idea behind this initiative was to provide students with exposure to diverse career paths led by women from the local community. Montclair community members, parents, and organizations were asked to participate to ensure a wide range of career presentations that would resonate with students. Additionally, staff played a pivotal role in identifying and inviting influential women leaders from their respective networks.

Once the lineup of presenters was confirmed, students were asked to rate the presentations (career fields) in which they were most interested. This approach not only activated student voices in shaping the programming but also significantly increased student enthusiasm and engagement in the event.

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“The Women's Empowerment Career Fair was a resounding success, thanks to the dedication and commitment of our presenters, staff, and organizers,” said Principal Maria Francisco. “The feedback from both students and presenters has been overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing gratitude for the opportunity to connect and inspire the next generation of leaders. I believe that events like these not only provide valuable insights and inspiration to our students but also foster a sense of connection to our communities and collaboration within our school.”

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She continued, “In light of the event's success, we have decided to make it an annual tradition at Renaissance. We are already brainstorming ideas on how to elevate and expand upon this initiative for next school year.”

Leah Wolchok, Renaissance Parent and Documentary Filmmaker
Jenny Gillette, Renaissance Parent and Architect
Bethany Chase, Renaissance Parent and Social Worker Ayana Ayscue, Renaissance Staff Member and Architect
Payal Maniar, Renaissance Parent and Pediatrician
Jenny Galan, Renaissance Parent and Creative Director for Scholastic and previously Nickelodeon
Patricia LaDuca, Renaissance Student's Great Aunt and Sports Editor for NY Times
Bosede Laoye, Counselor/Nonprofit Worker
Lisa Robinson, Music Publishing

Leighann Fossella, School Social Worker, and Candice Pastor, Restorative Justice Teacher on Special Assignment were instrumental in organizing and coordinating the event. 

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