Women Celebrating Women
The word inspire is defined as the act of filling someone with the urge or ability to do something, and here in Chattanooga, we have no shortage of incredible women who motivate those around them day in and day out. Whether they intentionally set out to be a role model or random acts of kindness are simply in their DNA, these women are making the world a better place. Read on to learn more about the individuals who encourage others to be the best version of themselves, told by those they inspired most.
Photography by Emily Pérez Long
inspired: Jasmine Pulliam
inspiration: Dr. Shewanee Howard-Baptiste
Since August of 2019, I have had the honor of learning and growing from the guidance and support of Dr. Shewanee Howard-Baptiste. When I first met Dr. Shewanee as one of my professors during orientation at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, we quickly discovered our shared passion for helping others and dedication to personal integrity.
In the two years I have known Shewanee, she has accomplished so much – both inside and outside of the classroom – and positively impacted many lives in the Chattanooga community. Through her selfless actions and the wise words that she speaks, Shewanee naturally encourages other women to value themselves, reach their full potential, and remain humble while doing so. She is an excellent role model.
Whether it’s sharing new opportunities, providing feedback, helping with an event, or being that person to sit down and talk with about life, Shewanee is always there. From the moment I shared with her that I wanted to be a doctor, she has never forgotten and empowers me to never let up on that goal. Shewanee inspires me to keep striving for more on my journey to becoming a doctor, to keep helping others, and to keep celebrating the small victories along the way.
“Shewanee naturally encourages other women to value themselves, reach their full potential, and remain humble while doing so.”