Berlinda Brown, Brenda Harvey-Williams, Joann Forte’-Wormley, Charlotte Bland, Cheryl Moody, Beverly Bogar…
The Journal this year will honor these six women whose careers affect the lives of the citizens of the Pasadena community, from the police department to a financial professional. One studied government under Texas luminary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan at the University of Texas.
Another left a small town in Texas to come to California to attend college only to discover a new world in corporate America that led her to being a banker and then a credit union executive. She honors the memory of her grandfather whose work and entrepreneurial efforts inspired her. When she returns to her small hometown, she visits the people who saw her through her childhood and inspired her to do the right thing.
Another discovered a corporate career as an account manager with America’s fortune 100 providing them with computer programs. Ultimately, with her daughter she gave in to her entrepreneurial spirit and started a business. Her spirit of helping others has led her to work with organizations that serve women where she is chairperson. She is a contributing writer to a book called, “ The Magic of Mentoring.“
Another who became a police ofﬁcer after a bad experience with a police ofﬁcer. She not satisﬁed with just patrolling a beat so she worked hard and reached the heights of the department.
Another police department executive assistant fulﬁlls her Christian duty and spends her personal time volunteering helping the homeless, raising funds to donate blankets and coats to the homeless to improve the quality of their lives. She also spends her ‘spare’ time volunteering with local youth sports groups to lead them away from a street life of gangs, drugs, and crime.
Each of these women honor and give credit and thanks to God for the successes along their life’s Journey . They attend church, attended college and have earned degrees. Each one loves her family and mentors young people in some way. One uses as her favorite life mantra, “ I will see you at the top.” For her the top is the top of her career and Heaven. Another says her favorite mantra is, “If you don’t try you won’t succeed.
Another quotes Maya Angelou and says, “You shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands, you may need to throw something back.“
One quotes the Bible scripture as her mantra, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
One arrived here from the West Indies and found a career in the health ﬁeld as a radiology technician, after she learned the English language. She rose to the top in the education ﬁeld that provides her the privilege of helping others reach their career goals.
Life changing experiences altered the course of another who received a call that her aunt was found dead in a car as the result of domestic violence.
Each of these women remind me of a old song that says, “Talk about a child that do love Jesus, Here’s one.”
Come out to meet and honor these magnificent women. Their lives are a beacon of light for the young in our community. Bring a young person who may be searching for a way out of what appears to be no way.
Tickets are $45 each. For tickets or information, contact the Journal Offices, 626- 798-3972, email: Journal@ PasadenaJournal.com.