In 2009, Melissa Callison, current WLC Chair, was the Campaign Coordinator for Consumers Energy’s Jackson campaign. Because of the relationship between Consumer’s Energy and the United Way of Jackson County, she became good friends with Dea Talmage, who worked at United Way Jackson County at the time (but now works as the Senior Development Officer at the Allegiance Health Foundation). Together they felt that there was a need to bridge the gap between organization-based, campaign activities and provide an opportunity for women in the area that wanted to make a difference. They wanted this to happen not only during the campaign season, but year round. That was the catalyst for the Jackson-based chapter of the WLC.
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