Career Day Inspires Class of 2022

Career Day Inspires Class of 2022

Career Day opened in the Richards Room where alumna Hays Brandon Estes, Harpeth Hall class of 2003, inspired the girls with her impressive career story. Estes has worked for The Coca-Cola Company, first at their headquarters in Atlanta and now in Nashville. She is a Senior Customer Marketing Manager at Coca-Cola working with a varied portfolio of food service customers. Fun fact, she was first hired as an intern for Coca-Cola by a Harpeth Hall alumna!

Three sessions followed with over 30 fascinating and accomplished alumnae returning to campus to spark future interests and to share with the 8th graders about their various careers in areas of Business/Finance/Entrepreneur, Design/Construction/Manufacturing, Education/Writing/Publishing, HealthCare, Law/Government, Public Relations/Media/Communications, Music/Arts/Entertainment, and Technology/Engineering/Research. Twenty-four 8th grade Grade Student Moderators greeted and introduced our guests. The moderators began each session by reading a Class Bio that was written by the 8th grade class. Click here to see a sample bio. Student moderators then kicked off conversation with this question: What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The last part of the day took place in the dining hall. The girls and alumnae engaged in table talks, enjoying Valentines cookies and lively conversation. The relaxed atmosphere created a perfect environment for our 8th graders to connect and learn from those who have walked in their shoes -a very powerful day with such thoughtful role models.

Many thanks to co-chairs, Leigh Fitts '91 and Mary Lindley Carswell '05, who helped recruit our alumnae participants listed below:

Business/Finance/Entrepreneur

Holly Whetsell Coltea 1994 - Owner and Wellness Entrepreneur, Barre3

Kelly Diehl 2005 - Owner, New Hat Projects, LLC

Hays Brandon Estes 2003 - Senior Customer Marketing Manager, The Coca-Cola Company

Abby Sinks Spaulding 2003 - Partner, Certified Financial Planner, Continuum Planning Partners

Design/Construction/Manufacturing

Tori Tucker Alexander 2003 - Owner, Lead Interior Designer, Alexander Interiors

Anna Ruth Brown Kimbrough 1994 - Associate Architect, Studio 8 Design

Amy Baron Montgomery 2004 - Development Manager, Baron Construction LLC

Anne Nicholas Weiss 1998 - Director of Construction and Development, PGM Properties, LLC

Education/Writing/Publishing

Jamie McGee Chenery 2001 - Business Reporter, The Tennessean

Holly Hoffman 1976 - Staff Writer, Southcomm/Nfocus Magazine

Becky Callaway Monds 2000 - Editorial Director, HarperCollins Christian Publishing

Emy Noel 1998 - English Teacher, The Harpeth Hall School

Healthcare

Christine Taherian Cahill 2004 - Simulation Lab Nurse, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Jennifer Harrison Hutton 2001 - Physical Therapist and Instructor, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt/Outpatient Rehabilitation and Rocktape Functional Movement Training

Emily Williard Nardone 2004 - Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Practice

Mary Ramsey 2004 - Manager of Process Improvement, Sarah Cannon

Law/Government

Michelle Gaskin Brown 2001 - Vice President of Policy, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Haley Rumore Dale 1998 - Lobbyist, Self-employed

Whitney Haley 2005 - Attorney, McKenzie Laird PLLC

Jennifer Moroney 1994 - Attorney Development and Placement Director, Latitude

Music/Entertainment/Arts

Laura Wright Alexander 2004 - Senior Creative Director, Kobalt Music Group

Amanda Norman McGuire 2000 - Artist and Owner, Amanda Norman Studio

Margaret Walker 2006 - Assistant Curator, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery

Public Relations/Media/Communications

Megan Casey 2000 - Director of Marketing and Ecommerce, StyleBlueprint

Laurie Spradley 2007 - Director of Brand Development, Goo Goo Cluster, LLC

Caroline Moses Sprouse 2002 - Social Media Marketing Manager, Nissan

Jessica Turk 2002 - Assistant Program Manager, Nashville Public Television

Technology/Engineering/Research

Abbay Eaden Blankenship 1990 - Mechanical Engineer/Vice-President, Southern Machinery Company

Hannah Koonce 2008 - GIS Specialist, Atmos Energy Corporation

Angela Park 2009 - Sustainability Analyst, Lendlease

Kathleen Geer Petro 2007 - Digital Strategist, Zeta Global