Shaw’s Tatum Sprinkle receives recruiting choice award and more Chattanooga-area career


Shaw’s Tatum Sprinkle receives recruiting choice award

RippleMatch has named Tatum Sprinkle, early careers program manager at Shaw, as a Talent Innovator and winner of its 2021 Campus Recruiting Choice Awards. The early careers recruitment company highlighted rising stars, innovators, and exceptional leaders across 15 categories and welcomed the public to vote on the winners in each category.

With more than 15,000 votes cast by the public, Sprinkle was honored with the Talent Innovator Award in the engineering, logistics, hardware and construction category. The award recognizes professionals who are reshaping campus recruitment and challenging the status quo.

“I’m honored to be recognized for this award and grateful to be a part of Shaw’s talent acquisition team,” Sprinkle said. “It’s so rewarding to be able to help guide others down a path to discovering their own success — which includes a better future for themselves and their families.”

In her role as an early careers program manager at Shaw, Sprinkle is responsible for leading a team that manages the recruitment efforts needed to build and maintain a healthy, entry-level talent pipeline. She was instrumental in establishing Shaw’s Supply Chain Development Program, an innovative program that attracts and develops top talent for the company’s Integrated Supply Chain organization. This program offers mentoring opportunities and four (six-month) rotations for prospective candidates. Thanks to Sprinkle’s leadership and collaboration across the organization, the program has been successful in streamlining and improving Shaw’s talent pipeline since its inception.


Barnett & Company adds two new professionals

Carter Y. Hansard and Katie Stuart have joined Barnett & Co.

Hansard is a graduate of Baylor School and holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In addition to his certified financial planner designation, Carter will be sitting for level two of the certified financial analyst examination this fall. He will serve the firm as a financial planner and portfolio manager.

Stuart is a graduate of Carson-Newman University. She serves as business manager of the firm and is studying for her certified financial planner designation. Katie resides in Cleveland, Tenn.

Barnett & Co. is coming up on 38 years of working with high net worth individuals, endowments and non-profits to meet their investment needs.


Graham is student success manager at BlueSky institute

BlueSky Tennessee Institute has chosen Melissa Graham to serve as student success manager for its program, a workforce development venture with East Tennessee State University offering a bachelor’s degree in computing in just over two years.

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Melissa Graham

Graham is a former middle and high school counselor and university student support expert who most recently served as coordinator of community schools for Hamilton County Schools. She brings more than a decade of successful student support and community engagement to this new role, with experience in team building and mentorship as well as outreach at both the secondary and college level.

“Our program will be challenging, and Melissa will take the lead on ensuring students thrive,” said Bradley Leon, executive director of the BlueSky Tennessee Institute. “With her guidance, we’ll help driven, talented students realize their dreams of a career in tech.”

Graham earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master of education degree in school counseling from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She serves as a United Way volunteer advocate, a member of the Girls Leadership Summit steering committee, and as a board member of the nonprofit GirlStance.

BlueSky Tennessee Institute is designed to foster locally the advanced technology talent BlueCross needs to serve customers, communities, and business partners. And the need extends beyond BlueCross: state data shows there’s roughly a 4-to-1 disparity in terms of jobs from employers that require an IT background compared to Tennessee college and university graduates with those degrees.

The program will welcome its first students to the BlueCross headquarters on Cameron Hill in summer 2022.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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