This year I was “over-the-top” at being chosen as an honoree for Grace Institute’s annual fundraising event, “Breakfast with Grace.”
For each of the 115 years that this wonderful organization has been in existence, 300 women have received a tuition-free six-month job skills training program to prepare them for entry-level office positions. Within one year of graduating, 80% of their students are placed in full-time jobs representing a quintupling of their annual earning potential, from $6,000 when they enter the program to an average starting salary of $31,000 !
Helping these women realize that they have so very much to brag about has been one of the highlights of my career. I have seen firsthand their motivation, hard work and courage as they strive to make a better life for themselves, their families and their communities, and it is truly inspirational. It means the world to me that so many of my friends, colleagues and family donated and attended this event (their largest fundraiser of the year) to provide critical funds to sustain and strengthen their program.