Teach For America Executive Director to Speak on Women's Empowerment


Clarksdale, Miss., October 6, 2016—Barbara Logan Smith, executive director of Teach For America–Mississippi, will coach aspiring female entrepreneurs on effective leadership at “Money, Purpose, and Success: Women’s Empowerment Summit,” to be held October 15 at the Coahoma County Higher Education Center in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

"Statistics show female entrepreneurs, like Barbara Logan Smith, are changing and disrupting several industries,” said Timothy E. Lampkin, CEO and co-founder of Higher Purpose Co. “We want to tap into that fact as a tool for our local landscape. Entrepreneurship is one way we can move people from poverty to prosperity.”

The summit was organized by Higher Purpose Co., a social enterprise designed to connect, educate, and inspire minority millennials in rural communities. Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the program will provide participants training on leadership, community development, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy, all tailored to female entrepreneurs.

“It’s so exciting to me to see the rising numbers of young, female leaders in our country and community,” said Logan Smith. “At Teach For America, we want to illuminate the brilliance of Mississippi’s students. They are positioned to be the next generation of leaders, from small businesses to nonprofits—and through that leadership our students will change the face of this state.”

Teach For America, which has partnered with Mississippi school districts for over twenty years, is a leadership organization working to ensure that every child has access to an excellent and equitable education. The organization recruits top college graduates and professionals, prepares them to teach in urban and rural public schools, where they work for an initial commitment of two years alongside other faculty to make a meaningful difference for their students. The organization also develops its participants, known as corps members, as leaders in education and other fields who are committed to ensuring that our country lives up to its highest ideals for every child. Currently 200 Teach For America teachers are leading classrooms around the state, and over 200 alumni lead ventures in various fields.

The Women’s Empowerment Summit is free and lunch will be provided to participants. Additional presenters include Jewel Burks, CEO of Partpic; Denisha Kuhlor, CEO of Plucked Admissions; Brit Fitzpatrick, CEO of Mentor Me; Sheena Allen, CEO of InstaFunds and Sheena Allen Apps; Krystal Beachum, CEO of Student Athletes Unite; Emily Roush Elliot, architect and economic developer; and Britney Clark, financial expert. Interested participants can register at www.HigherPurpose.com.

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, more than 53,000 Teach For America corps members and alumni are leading within schools, school systems, and every sector and field that shapes them. Among them are 19,000 teachers, including nearly 7,000 first and second year corps members in 53 urban and rural regions across the country. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

About AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at more than 21,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Since 1994, 980,000 AmeriCorps members have given more than 1.3 billion hours of service to their country, earning more than $3 billion in education scholarships. In Texas, more than 50,000 AmeriCorps members have served 67 million hours and earned more than $145,430,000 in education scholarships.