General Manager Nancy Holliday provided inspiring remarks to nearly 50 people from across Tennessee attending the first GRITS Collaborative Project Conference Saturday at MTSU.
GRITS, or Girls Raised in Tennessee Science, brings awareness to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) areas and fosters career awareness for young women.
Holliday, a Kentucky native who has risen to the role of GM for US Services Sales with Microsoft while being a mother to 17-year-old twin sons Connor and Ransom and 19-year-old daughter, Retsy, a student at Elon University, spoke of her "journey" and "how I think anybody can do what I have done.
"I have a huge responsibility.
I run a $1.6 billion team," Holliday
said of her
"I have walked the halls of the Pentagon, traveled internationally, and met with governors and CEOs.
In talking about the GRITS Collaborative Project - a statewide network of people influencing young girls to enter STEM fields - Holliday
said efforts to reach girls in grades K-12 are "huge.
"A third-grade math teacher, a 10th grade math teacher and a college professor ... those people got me to where I am.
They have no idea the impact they had on me," she
"Health, family and career" are Holliday
's order of importance in balancing her
life, Holliday said.
"Nancy has become a national manager; she's a mother and a woman executive, and it's all attributed to STEM," Woodall said.