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Dr. LaKeshia Thomas Named Board Member of the Year at WIT Annual Meeting

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Dr. LaToya Clark, MD, Chairwoman, President and Medical Director of Women in Training, Inc., hosted the WIT Annual Meeting on July 23, 2022, at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club. In her State of WIT remarks, Dr. Clark highlighted the organization’s accomplishments during the 2021-2022 fiscal year and named Dr. LaKeshia Thomas, DMD, as WIT Board Member of the Year.

“As the hallmark program of the organization, WITKITS are now being distributed at an exponential pace. Under Dr. Thomas’ capable leadership, our volunteers gave away more than 9,000 WITKITS during this fiscal year, for a total of 15,000 WITKITS in three years. WIT will continue to focus on Ending Poverty. PERIOD!” Dr. Clark said.

Dr. Clark also highlighted the WIT Leadership Development Circle.

“Focusing on training young women to become culturally aware and compassionate global leaders has easily become the crown jewel of the organization,” Dr. Clark stated. “The WIT Youth Leadership Development Circle has provided its inaugural group of participants with knowledge and experiences that will take them far into the future.”

Dr. Clark said WIT had numerous other accomplishments, including:

  1. Championing the passage of House Bill 50, sponsored by State Representative Rolanda M. Hollis, that secured $200,000 annually in funding to provide grants for sanitary pads in Alabama Title I public schools for students in need

  2. Partnering with Montgomery Public Schools to distribute more than 500 WITKITS monthly to a dozen schools in the River Region

  3. Hosting a successful Second WIT 5K Race to End Poverty. PERIOD!

  4. Hosting the inaugural WIT Mother-Daughter Brunch fundraiser

  5. Culminating the first WIT Rites-of-Passage Circle that immersed middle school girls in a cultural learning experience

  6. Enhancing the WIT Young Leaders’ leadership and social emotional development skills through the WIT Leadership Development Circle. Our volunteer professionals imparted a tremendous amount of knowledge and training in areas, such as interviewing skills, community service, cultural development and financial literacy

  7. Advancing the WIT Girls STEM Initiative, which included a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C. to expose the participants to the advanced fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics and other opportunities and career fields. This trip was generously sponsored by the Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium.

  8. Developing the WIT Mentors program.

Dr. Clark thanked WIT donors and volunteers for their tremendous support.

“Women in Training continues to be successful because of its dedicated and hard working board members and, most importantly, the overwhelming support from our community volunteers and your donations,” Dr. Clark said. “Your support is amazing and the organization is truly grateful for all of your contributions!”

WIT also recognized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' JustServe organization for its unparalleled support.

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