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From ‘The Projects’ to Ph.D. – Women’s Tea Inspires with Stories of Success

During her early beginnings in “the projects” of an East Texas town, Dr. Tameka Williams-Bruce, Lone Star College System’s senior human resources manager, had a dream for something more than the circumstances around her. She realized that dream this February when, after years of long days and late nights studying, Williams-Bruce earned her doctorate degree in organization and management from Capella University.

Williams-Bruce was recently honored for her continuous support of the college’s students and her outstanding educational achievement at Lone Star College-Montgomery’s Women’s History Tea Lunch. During the event, Williams-Bruce shared a glimpse into her story, encouraging attendees to find a mentor and stay motivated.

The annual Women’s History Tea Lunch at Lone Star College-Montgomery recently honored Dr. Tameka Williams-Bruce for her outstanding educational achievement. Pictured from left to right are Melissa Wilson, Fox 26 morning news anchor who served as the Mistress of Ceremonies; Williams-Bruce; and Ana-Marie Colchado, student life coordinator at Lone Star College-Montgomery.

“I’m humbled at the recognition, but it’s not about me or what I’ve achieved,” said Williams-Bruce. “It’s about uplifting and empowering other women. To some, where I came from is irrelevant, but to me, it’s very relevant. It took a lot of dedication, self-motivation, and perseverance to get where I am today.”

For the last three years, LSC-Montgomery has been hosting this old-fashioned teatime during Women’s History Month in March to empower and embrace women on campus and within the community. This year, the theme was “Inspiring Innovation through Imagination,” a theme utilized worldwide.

Fox 26 morning news anchor Melissa Wilson led the tea lunch as Mistress of Ceremonies. The guest speakers were 2008 Olympic swim team diver Nancilea Foster, who shared her personal story of success; and Zecqureia Johnson, a current LSC-Montgomery student who challenged guests to succeed through service work.

The entertainment was provided by Chelsea Rollins, the first-place winner of LSC-Montgomery’s Lone Star’s Got Talent talent show, which was held in February. Rollins along with other talent show participants Magdiel Zuniga, Andriy Pylypchuk, Johan Hernandez, and Hannah Weaver, interspersed classical guitar and vocal song selections during the event.

The event was sponsored by the office of student life.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.