Economics Major Takes Home Top Spot at Gender Equity Pitch Competition

Since her freshman year, Caty Greer has been pitching possible solutions to the world’s greatest social, economic and environmental issues from the second she stepped onto the College of Charleston campus.

And last month, Greer’s passion and persistence paid off when she won the College of Charleston Center for Entrepreneurship’s Annual Gender Equity Pitch Competition, which tasks participants with developing solutions to an issue of their choosing impacting women in the Lowcountry and delivering their ideas in the form of a one-minute pitch.

Greer claimed the top spot and $1,000 with her AI-based service Womentor, which aims to connect female mentors to female students looking for guidance as they plan their careers.

“The goal of the service is to help young women, like myself, connect with female role models in professional fields,” says Greer, who is a junior majoring in economics and minoring in data science.

As an Honors College student, Greer has received a lot of support to embrace her entrepreneurial spirit, particularly as a member of the Honors Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community (E-LLC), which she participated in as a first year student. The Honors College, which provides its students with a rich, interdisciplinary education, offers a variety of courses that emphasize a multitude of subjects, which empowered Greer to further explore her interests in finding solutions to problems facing her generation.

Under the guidance of Honors College faculty member Lancie Affonso ’96, as well as other mentors, Greer has learned how to direct her passion for social justice into tangible change through pitching solutions to the world’s greatest issues.

“I have been fortunate enough to have several mentors during my time at the College of Charleston: Both the E-LLC and ImpactX (an entrepreneurship-based course) have provided me with personal and professional mentors,” says Greer. “My goal is for every student to have the same access to great mentors that I have had.”

To read more about this story, check out the full article by Jack Bartlett at The College Today.

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