In honor of Black History Month, we’re highlighting women in leadership positions at Louisville Water.
Cherron Cheeks, Shanaka Winters and Tendra Burnett each work in different areas of the company but all have a common message to inspire future leaders.
Customer Care Manager Tendra Burnett has been with the company for eight years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Masters in Human Resource Leadership from Sullivan University. In her role, she works with the One Water Partnership between Louisville Water and Louisville MSD. For students interested in the utility industry, Burnett offered the following advice: “Get an early start by seeking internships and/or work-study programs offered by utility companies and stay focused.”
Project Engineer Shanaka Winters has worked for Louisville Water for nearly 14 years and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky. “In the water industry, I believe (young people) are provided the opportunity to serve their community in order to provide something vital to society’s well-being. There is a wide range of opportunities within this industry from construction, operations, communications, community outreach and more,” Winters said.
Cherron Cheeks has served as a business analyst for Louisville Water for nearly 15 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Tennessee State University, a Historical Black University in Nashville. Cheeks, Winters and Burnett all agree that when it comes to setting goals and inspiring students interested in the utility industry, education is the key to unlocking a successful career.