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‘Dare to Dream’ program inspires students
By DeAllous Smith

On March 28, Hartsfield-Jackson hosted its annual Women’s History Month luncheon to inspire a new generation of future leaders from Tri-Cities and North Clayton high schools.

Under the theme “Dare to Dream,” the guest speakers — Duriya Farooqui, chief operating officer for the City of Atlanta; Myrna White, director of Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement; and Janice McKenzie-Crayton, president and chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta Inc. — fielded questions about management in the workplace, their personal mission statements and what their jobs entail.

“Confidence matters,” Farooqui said. “Don’t ever let anyone tell you who you are, and always have the courage to seize unexpected opportunities.”

During the program, speakers discussed how effective communication is important in a male-dominated field and shared aspects of their personal journeys that led them to their respective career achievements.

McKenzie-Crayton told students that success includes being flexible, adaptable and passionate.

“In life, you don’t need a plan, but you do need a vision for yourself,” she added.

Before the program concluded, White encouraged the students to make sure that they associated with people who will help build them up.

“Always have positive people around you,” she said. 

To be invited to the luncheon, female students had to meet academic requirements and submit essays for a contest.

Duriya Farooqui (center) addresses the high school students. She advised them to have confidence and courage.

Duriya Farooqui (center) addresses the high school students. She advised them to have confidence and courage.

Participating in the program were Myrna White (from left), director of Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement; Duriya Farooqui, chief operating officer for the City of Atlanta; Janice McKenzie-Crayton, president and chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta Inc.; and Aviation General Manager Louis Miller. 

Participating in the program were Myrna White (from left), director of Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement; Duriya Farooqui, chief operating officer for the City of Atlanta; Janice McKenzie-Crayton, president and chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta Inc.; and Aviation General Manager Louis Miller.


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