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Celebrating Leadership and Community Service

Recognizing a Trailblazer: Charlotte Hammond Receives the Martin Luther King Drum Major Award 

Charlotte Hammond, the CEO of Challenge Unlimited, has recently been honored with the prestigious Martin Luther King Drum Major Award. This accolade, presented by the St. Louis Urban League, is not just a recognition of her professional accomplishments but a testament to her dedication to fostering an inclusive and equitable community. Read more about the event, speakers, and honorees here.

A New Chapter: Appointment to the City of St. Louis Workforce Development Board

Further cementing her role as a community leader, Hammond is set to be sworn in on January 17th to the City of St. Louis Workforce Development Board, (WDB). This significant appointment reflects her deep commitment to workforce development and her expertise in creating pathways for employment and training. 

The Impact of the WDB and SLATE in St. Louis 

The WDB, as the governing entity, plays a crucial role in overseeing the programs implemented by the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE). These initiatives are vital for the economic development of St. Louis, providing essential support to job seekers and businesses. Through adult and youth programs, the WDB and SLATE focus on upgrading basic and occupational skills, thereby enhancing the workforce’s overall capabilities. 

A Diverse and Committed Board 

The WDB is composed of a minimum of twenty-three volunteer citizens appointed by the Mayor. This diverse group includes representatives from local businesses, public and community-based agencies, and labor organizations. Their collective efforts ensure that the workforce development programs are aligned with the city’s needs and are effectively implemented. 

A Visionary Leader 

Charlotte Hammond’s journey is one of inspiring leadership and unwavering commitment to community service. Her achievements, recognized by the Martin Luther King Drum Major Award and her appointment to the WDB, highlight her exceptional ability to lead, innovate, and uplift the community. In her new role with the WDB, her participation will surely enhance employment opportunities for the citizens of St. Louis, focusing on bringing these opportunities to underserved communities and opening new avenues for workforce development and growth in the city.

Charlotte’s story is a powerful reminder of one individual’s impact on a community. Her leadership at Challenge Unlimited and her involvement with the WDB showcase a career dedicated to creating opportunities and fostering growth. As St. Louis looks forward, it does so with a remarkable leader among its ranks, ready to drive change and make a lasting difference.

About Challenge Unlimited 

For over 60 years, Challenge Unlimited has operated as a social enterprise committed to serving individuals with disabilities while earning a reputation as a trusted business partner to private commercial companies and federal and state government agencies. As an accredited Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) provider, Challenge Unlimited fulfills its mission through employment programs and services, skills training centers, and community-integrated living options.  

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