Melissa Mowry won the New England Virginia Allan Young Careerist Competition in Augusta, Maine on September 23rd. Ms. Mowry was selected based on her professional accomplishments, public speaking and interview skills. She is a member of the Champlain Valley Business and Professional Women and had previously been named Young Careerist by her local Champlain Valley chapter and Vermont State Business and Professional Women Clubs.
The Virginia Allan Young Careerist Program is a signature program of the Business and Professional Women. It recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of young professionals while providing an opportunity for support and growth for women and men in the early stages of their careers. Participants must complete an application, write an essay, give a public speech and be interviewed by a panel of judges.
Ms. Mowry is an Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager for Glens Falls National Bank in Plattsburgh, New York. She oversees a customer service team responsible for providing both personal and professional banking services.
An active member in the community, Ms. Mowry is on the Board of Directors for the Senior Citizens Council of Clinton Country, an Ambassador for the Plattsburgh Chamber of Commerce, a Committee Member on the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction and the Kiwanis Club of Plattsburgh. She supports the local JCEO Backpack Program and United Way initiatives.
“I am honored and grateful for this experience, and for the support I have received from the Champlain Valley and Vermont BPW committees,” said Ms. Mowry. “My family and mentors at Glens Falls National Bank have always believed in me, and given me the encouragement to learn how to believe in myself. I hope to encourage other young professionals to enter the Young Careerist program. I can promise that you will not only grow professionally but personally. This is something you will not only take with you throughout your career but your life.”
“We are thrilled that Melissa has been recognized at the regional level,” said Emily Owens, Champlain Valley BPW President. “She is an extraordinary example of the dedicated young professionals in our community.”
Applications for the next Young Careerist Program will be available early in 2018 and local chapters will hold their programs in the late winter and early spring.