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Women in STEAM: Melinda Glasgow

Melinda Glasgow | City of Little Rock | Sustainability Officer

Beginning Interests… As a child, I always wondered where trash went.  My grandparents lived in the country and I was the ONLY grandchild that would ask to go “bury the trash” with my grandpa. I also grew up in a small rural town where we had a garden, livestock and lived a pretty simple life.  The concept of a throwaway society was something I learned about as an adult. That concept remains foreign to me.       

A Day at Work… Every day is different which is one of the many reasons I enjoy my job so much!  My duties range from leading a tour of our city-owned landfill, participating in litter cleanups, to giving a presentation to the city board of directors.

Career Evolution… I worked at an ad agency, in television and at Heifer International… I guess you could say I found my current career in a roundabout way! My past work experience and relationships enhance my current position, especially since we know working with community partners lead to better outcomes.

LOVE the Work… Sustainability touches every city department and all parts of everyday life. This makes my job extremely interesting and exciting, yet challenging, at the same time. Perhaps, my most valuable contribution to the community is connecting people and information.

Advice… Remind yourself what excites you.  Even keep a separate journal on what you find most rewarding.  I believe we connect at an early age to what intrigues us most, but may not realize we can find work in that area until later in life.

These wonder women are redefining what STEAM means in the Capital City. With exciting careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics – each reflects WIT (women in tech) and true grit for making the most of every opportunity. Here’s to the PowHER of knowledge.

Photography by Sarah Oden

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