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Fletcher honored by Chattanooga Girls Inc.

Dr. Linda Fletcher, Macllelan Centennial Professor in Accounting and Finance at UTC, was honored at the Chattanooga Girls Incorporated Second Annual Unbought and Unbossed Breakfast and Awards Presentation.

Fletcher, a former dean of the UTC College of Business, received the Ph.D. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She began her career at UTC in 1991.

Fletcher joined fifteen honorees from the fields of politics, community activism, art, education, health care, and religion whose lives and careers embody the principles and spirit of Shirley Chisholm, a civil rights advocate and community activist who died in January 2005. When she was elected as the first African American female member of the U.S. Congress in 1968, Chisholm declared herself to be "unbought and unbossed."

"These women are role models for the young women Girls Inc. serves and for everyone in the community, male and female, young and old, black and white, from all walks of life. They achieved great things because they didn't wait for someone to tell them what to do or give them permission. They figured out what needed to be done and took action. Even more than we honor their accomplishments, we honor this spirit," said Maxine Bailey, President and CEO of Girls Incorporated of Chattanooga.

Girls Incorporated of Chattanooga is a non-profit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold by educating them to take risks, to speak their minds, to advocate healthy lifestyle choices, to protect their rights, and to strive for academic excellence. This year Girls Inc. celebrates its 45th year, and Mayor Ron Littlefield proclaimed 2006 "The Chattanooga Year of the Girl."

April 7, 2006

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