This month, we kick off the first of many board member spotlights by introducing Brittni Howard! Brittni has been a wonderful “femtor” to our scholars, and we are delighted to have her as a part of our board!
Brittni graduated from North Carolina State University in 2014 with a B.A in Psychology. Throughout her undergraduate career, she was able to discover her interest in combating gender based discrimnation while working at NC State’s Women’s Center. She is currently the Center Coordinator for RTI International’s Global Gender Center. In her role, she plans and executes various gender based events with a focus on economic empowerment, and creates unique digital content for the gender center’s digital outreach platforms!
In addition to these responsibilities, Brittni provides research and administrative support across multiple NIH funded gender based projects as a public health analyst (III).
Brittni’s involvement with WomenNC began when she had the opportunity to connect with Wendee Wechsberg while working at the NC State Women’s Center. She is now one of the WomenNC’s “femtors” helping scholars clarify and hone in on their research projects.
Brittni’s experiences as a femtor have been overwhelmingly positive! Throughout her time working with scholars, she feels she was able to help the next generation of problem solvers ask difficult questions and dig deeper into their topics of research. Engaging her mentees in critical conversations about their research in order to help them produce robust deliverables is something Brittni enjoys! The critical conversations that she is able to have with each scholar, and the personal connections she has been able to create have been the most meaningful parts of being a mentor, she says.
Brittni is proud to be a femtor with WomenNC, as she believes that the organization is necessary for young scholars. She sees the organization as a unique space where individuals can research and produce solutions for pressing women’s issues while surrounded by a supportive and diverse community. She is excited to see and be a part of internal processes that continually help improve the mentee experience and is excited to see what the future holds for WomenNC!