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MomSource Network rolling-out U-Source virtual training initiative

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA

The Knoxville start-up that bills itself as the “gateway between the women who have paused their careers and the progressive organizations who want to hire them” is launching a new service to help those ready for their next move.

Dubbed U-Source, the new offering from MomSource Network is a six-week virtual professional development program with the inaugural class launching on October 29.

“We are looking for a small cohort, between five and 10 participants,” Courtney Jones, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, explains. “It’s about focusing on how MomSource can best prepare women for their next career transition.”

Applications are still being accepted. There is a fee of $295 per person. Jones adds that there is a screening process, so every applicant might not be accepted.

The ideal participant is a female who is either transitioning back into the work environment after being a stay at home individual or a woman who has a job but wants to upgrade to a better opportunity.

“We see the boot camp as an opportunity for participants to separate themselves from others in the market,” Jones says.

The first five sessions, all one hour long, will be delivered by webinar. Topics and presenters are:

  • “U-Resume,” a resume-building class taught by Sara Hutchison, that will also include a one-on-one assessment with each participant;
  • “U-LinkedIn,” a discussion on building the best profile that will be led by Kim Seals, that will also be followed by a one-on-one assessment with each participant;
  • “U-Interview,” focused on preparing for interviews, a session led by Kevin Hooks;
  • “U-Time Management,” a session on that important topic that will be led by Samantha Lane; and
  • “U-Negotiate,” the final webinar that is focused on negotiating pay, flexibility and other matters and will be led by Jones.

Session six – “U-Did It” – is a one-on-one conversation with each participant to discuss specific job opportunities for them.

Jones carefully selected the speakers for each webinar, and their bios can be found on the webpage.

Graduation is December 14, and participants successfully completing the sessions will receive a certificate.

“The next cohort will probably be in February,” Jones said. The theme for cohort two will be “New Year, New You.”


Tom Ballard

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer,
Pershing Yoakley & Associates. P.C.

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