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.
Lena Banks, Inspired by Melonie Lusk
When I first met Melonie, I was new to the area and to the organization where we both work. Though she had just stepped into the role of executive leadership during a particularly difficult time, I was immediately struck by her genuine warmth and patience. Early on, she told me that she walks into every situation hoping to learn. No matter the subject and regardless of her own unending scope of responsibilities, she always makes a point to listen to and encourage everyone she meets.
Anytime I have a notion that I can create or improve something, Melonie not only holds space for those ideas but begins gathering the tools and wisdom needed to help bring those thoughts to fruition. She encourages us all to reach beyond our own self-limiting doubts and is constantly making room for others to advance to their highest potential. Recently, I have watched Melonie experience intense cancer treatments with an optimism and determination that has been extraordinary. Professionally, she motivates me by providing challenges and opportunities for growth. Personally, she inspires me by exemplifying a grace, humility, kindness, and intelligence that sets the standard for the kind of woman and leader I hope to be.