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Mentorship Circles

This program has been designed to address career development challenges for any workforce population in need of greater support & career development. Each session will reframe and provide tools to address common professional development opportunities, offer mentorship, and explore how peer support can help to overcome each challenge.

We’re going to be facilitating Mentorship Circles differently this year. Every month we’ll have a new speaker talking with the group in a collaborative learning approach way to help us grow, discover new ways of thinking, and connect with a community of supportive women.

Our July meet-up will feature DeIla Ray. She will be joining us to talk about "Fueling the Fire from Within". How do you navigate the unknown? Leveling yourself up and fueling the fire from within is possible with the right tools in your toolbox.


About DeIla Ray:

DeIla Ray has worked the last 10 years as a traveling pipe welder. She has worked in the field from the beginning of her career working across the United States in refineries, pre and post ethanol facilities, as well as water treatment and wastewater treatment facilities.

DeIla works with organizations such as National Association of Women in Construction and is on her local Central Missouri Chapter 341 Board of Directors. She is the Safety Chair, OSHA Alliance Chair, and NEF Design Drafting Chair for the chapter. You will find DeIla serving on the 2023 discussion panel for the NAWIC National Industry Council for Tradeswomen kicking off Women in Construction Week, which is March 6th-11th, 2023. DeIla and her husband, Jack, own and operate Alpha Duo, LLC. which is a custom welding and fabrication business that caters to high quality products with precision and industry standards. In 2020 Empowering Women in Industry awarded DeIla the Tradeswoman of the Year honor.

In 2022 DeIla shifted her career path from a traveling pipe welder to a Welding Instructor at the Davis H. Hart Career Center. After only a semester of teaching, this is what DeIla has to say, "I never envisioned myself as a teacher but then again I could say the same about welding. Never say never! This is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Teaching a trade that I am passionate about and being able to see students fall in love with a skilled trade that will change their lives is more than I could have imagined." Last October DeIla received further honors from Empowering Women in Industry and was awarded 2022 Mentor of the Year and Industry Advocacy. Keep an eye out for what DeIla's up to next!

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