Momentum has a highly successful mentoring program that operates on three levels:

  • Each leadership class participant has the opportunity to be paired with a senior mentor. Momentum works with participants to identify specific areas in which they wish to grow. We then search our network to find the best possible match based on skill-set, life experiences, and personality.
  • Our leadership classes are divided into smaller co-mentoring groups that meet outside of class days at least once a month. This peer-to-peer mentoring is a very effective way for participants to share experiences, learn from one another, and build lasting relationships.
  • Upon graduation each of our classes receive training on how to effectively mentor others. Momentum partners with local universities, young professional groups, and nonprofits focused on women & girls to match our graduates with a mentee.

Over the years Momentum has facilitated more than a thousand mentoring relationships. Our mentors are some of the most distinguished professional women in the state. They come from a wide range of industries, from manufacturing to healthcare, and a variety of roles, from CEO to scientist. Many are alumnae of the Momentum program, others are friends of Momentum willing to generously give their time and expertise.

If you are interesting in becoming a mentor, contact Tina Upshaw for more information.

Momentum thanks our Senior Mentors for providing guidance and leadership.

Past and current Momentum Senior Mentors include the following.
*titles and companies may not reflect current standing

Bryding Adams
Executive Director
Alabama School of Fine Arts

Dr. Ruth C. Ash
Alabama Deputy Superintendent
Alabama Department of Education

Leann Barr
Director, Human Resources Division

Tommie Cummings
Frost Cummings LLP

Gayle Cunningham
Executive Director

Dr. Virginia Gauld
Vice President of Student Affairs, Retired

Ellyn Grady
Senior Vice President. Agency Relations & Allocations
United Way of Central Alabama

Rebecca Hatcher
President & Owner
Hatcher Design

Ann Huckstep
Lange Simpson Robinson & Somerville LLP

Dr. Jeanetta Keller
Chief Learning & System Support Officer
UAB Health System

Penny Manuel
Regional CIO
Southern Company Services, Inc.

Ann McMillan

Susan McWilliams
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dianne Mooney
Vice President & Executive Director, Retired
Southern Progress Corporation

Kimberly S. Patterson
VP & Chief HR Officer
Hornbeck Offshore Operators LLC

Joan Perry
Vice President
PHP Communications

Bentina Terry
General Counsel & VP
Southern Company

Virginia Williams
Director of Development
City of Hoover