Dr. Susan West, Belmont vice president and chief of staff, will be honored next month as one of 12 extraordinary Groundbreakers by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville. According to the organization’s website, “Groundbreakers are a determined group of women who are spirited, self-confident and mesmerizing in their fields of endeavor. Philanthropic, graceful, positive mentors, these women bring their unique bearing on our community, elevating Nashville to be a more inclusive and thriving environment.”
West said, “My life’s work is ensuring that young people receive the education they desire. I know that the students that I serve will transform the world with the skills that they’ve obtained through the educational process.”
West and 11 other Groundbreakers will be honored March 31 at Habitat’s seventh annual Couture Construction event, a night of fashion, shopping and networking. Held at The Dillards at Green Hills, 100 percent of the ticket sales and a portion of Dillard’s proceeds from the evening will go towards Women Build, a unique partnership of female community leaders, along with companies focused on women as executives and mentors, coming together to sponsor, build and dedicate a house for a female homeowner. Women Build is focused on the power of networking to help women achieve their goals, including making home ownership a reality for a Habitat partner family each year. The 2019 Women Build project will benefit Shameka Harris, a single mom to two young daughters.