|Progressionista Book Club|
Where girls read for fun
It was so much fun learning about start ups in this meeting! After hearing from our progressionista Asia Rawls, founder of The CEO Experience who started her career as a tech professional for a start up company— we came up with our own business ideas and pitched them for judges during Progressionista Shark Tank! We are SO ready to read Start Up Squad by Nicole C. Kear, & Brian Weisfeld by this month!
Who said math can’t be fun!?! We had a blast this past weekend for the first meeting of our Detroit East group! Our Progressionista was Dr. Ingrid Macon, CEO of Math Expansion (an amazing math game!), owner of the Detroit Teacher Store, and Data Analyst for Detroit Public Schools.
She taught us how math is incorporated into every one of those roles and how we can use math and entrepreneurship to live out our dreams! We also learned how to play Math Expansion with the creator herself. We’re so excited to read The Miscalculations of Lightening Girl by Stacy McAnulty.
Our first meeting of our sixth program year was ENGINEERED perfectly!
The Progressionista was Crystal Watkins, a phenomenal engineer and computer scientist. After hearing her speak about her career journey, we engineered own structures using Legos.
This month's read is Ellie the Engineer by Jackson Pearce.
Progressionista celebrated our fifth year of girls reading and leading with The Girl Power Tea Party. Our annual year event celebrated the power within all of us with our guest author speaker Sandra Epps, author of Girl Power: Discover the Princess Within. We enjoyed poetry by Raina Baker, special speeches from this year's graduates, and a whole lot of girl power! We're ready for next school year but until then we enjoyed each other for our favorite summer event.
Our west and east Detroit groups ended the school year yesterday with our all too exciting Book Jeopardy! The girls answered questions about the books they read and the professional women they met over the program year! They won great prizes and celebrated! We’re so proud!
At our eighth book club meeting for Detroit West, we learned about the power of a secretary! After hearing from our amazing progressionista, who has had several amazing admin assistance roles, we did a filing and scheduling relay race!!! We’re all geared up to start reading Front Desk by Kelly Yang.
Our April 2019 Progressionista for Detroit West is Nickelita Jeffery, Executive Secretary for the Detroit Police Department. She has had a long career of being a secretary and administrative assistant to directors, commanders, and other leaders. Her talk inspired us and taught us the history and dignity of the role of being a secretary.
At our fourth book club meeting for Detroit East, we learned how to manage our money! Thanks to our amazing accountant progressionista, the girls learned about accounting, budgeting, and financial literacy. After that, they did their own budgeting activity with teams! We’re so excited to read Cleo Edison Oliver: Playground Millionaire by Sundee T. Frazier.
Our April 2019 Progressionista for Detroit East is Andrena Taylor, Certified Public Accountant and Senior Associate. She shared her wisdom about her career journey and how she budgets as a recent college graduate who wants to make strong financial decisions. We will use her sage advice as we make better financial decisions of our own!
Our third meeting for Detroit East was too much fun. We met a real martial arts champion, learned some self-defense moves, and made some positive affirmation cards to keep us mentally equipped! This month's read is Eliza Bing is (Not) a Big, Fat Quitter by Carmella Van Vleet.
Our March 2019 Progressionista for Detroit East is Morgan Plowden! She is a 10-time world champion for martial arts! She traveled all over the world not only competing for winning titles but competing for women equality in the sport! Currently, she makes time to teach children martial arts as an instructor while still competing!
Our seventh book club meeting for Detroit West was all about law and order! We met our amazing progressionista, attorney Sharae Williams, gave each other legal counsel, and argued our case in front of a “judge”! This month's read is All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook!
Our March 2019 Progressionista for Detroit West Sharae Williams is an attorney at Dickinson Wright Law Firm. A graduate of Wayne State University School of Law, she talked to the girls about reading her way to the top, passing the bar, and starting her dream career in the city she loves.
Our second meeting for Detroit East was all about politics and power! We sure know how to campaign!!!! Wow! Our girls learned all about politics and campaigning! The best part is they came up with their own platforms, designed their own posters, and gave their own campaign speeches!
This month's read is President of the Whole Sixth Grade by Sherri Winston.
Our February 2019 Progressionista for Detroit East is Taylor Harrell! She is a political consultant with a deep appreciation for policies that enhance the quality of life for black women and girls. She also serves as the Secretary of the Detroit Young Democrats and a member of the Michigan Democratic Party. Currently, Taylor serves as the Director of Policy & Research at a non-profit organization, CitizenDetroit.
Progressionista Book Club
A book club program for girls ages 8-12 that features a woman professional each meeting who mirrors a character out of the next read.
a woman who progresses in life through a love of reading