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.
Karitsa Mosley Jones, Inspired by Rebecca Suttles
The year was 1998. I was a 17-year-old senior in high school with one goal in my mind: becoming a college graduate. In seeking numerous opportunities to do so, I was told to go speak with an intelligent, caring, and charismatic young lady who helped students obtain financial assistance to attend college. We met and the rest is, well… OURstory! This young lady is Rebecca Suttles, affectionately known as “Mrs. Rebecca” by the many students she has helped become post-secondary education graduates – including myself.
From the moment I met Rebecca, her willingness to help others, passion for student success, heart for community, and sacrificial spirit were contagious. She embodied these qualities and so many others that were a living example of what I wanted to exude in my own life. Rebecca was #GOALS! In our initial conversation, she looked me in the eye and said, “I believe in you, and as long as you do your part, I will always be here to support you.” She has kept her word. It’s because of her example that I live an unapologetic life of servitude to my community and the children whom I advocate for. I pour my heart and soul into helping others because of what I saw Rebecca do for me and countless others. I am beyond grateful for her inspiration in my life.