General Mills Women in Careers Day

On Monday, May 2, 140 girls of color in our River Valleys College Readiness Program attended a Women in Careers event sponsored by General Mills. Tiffanie Boyd, vice president of human resources, bakeries, and food service for General Mills, set the tone for the day when she encouraged girls to dream big and develop a plan to accomplish their dreams.

Throughout the event, girls learned from General Mills employees in a wide range of occupations such as marketing, finance, human resources, legal, information technology, sourcing, and engineering. Girls actively talked with and asked questions of professionals who acted as table hosts during lunch. Event activities included workshops, panel discussions, and luncheon roundtables where girls participated in small group conversations with the professionals.

Girls learned about career development and educational paths at a resource fair. Representatives from the Army, St. Paul Police Department, General Mills, and Hennepin Tech College talked with the girls and provided information.

“I want to work in a place like this in the future!” said a 12th grade Girl Scout from the Beta Gamma Girl Scout troop from Central High School in St. Paul.

The Women in Careers event is part of River Valleys College Readiness program for girls of color and girls from low-income households. The 12-session curriculum is designed to help girls discover more about themselves, be inspired and excited about future possibilities, and learn critical information that will help them be successful in high school, college, and beyond. Most of these girls will be the first in their families to seek post-secondary education.

During the 2009-2010 inaugural year of the College Readiness program, more than 700 girls in grades 9-12 and 100 girls in grades 6-8 from across the Twin Cities metropolitan area and Rochester participated in troop meetings, council-sponsored program events, and college tours.

“I want to thank the person who was responsible to put this together for give us this great opportunity!” a Girl Scout Hmong Women’s Circle girl from New Millennium Academy shared with us during the event.