Mittie Cannon, Ed.D.

People First University
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People First University Faculty Member
Workforce Development

Dr. Cannon has been recognized by the Birmingham Business Journal as one of Birmingham’s Top Business Women, inducted as Who’s Who in Black Alabama, and has received accolades as a business leader and champion for women by the Birmingham Women’s Exchange. She serves on the Board of Directors for SkillsAlabama, Co-Founder of CraftTrain, Founder of Power Up: It’s a Mother-Daughter Thing!, Chair of the Advisory Council for the Career & Technical Education of the Alabama Department of Youth Services, and Chair of ABC National Workforce Programs & Initiatives. Cannon has written articles for and been profiled in The Cornerstone Magazine, appeared as a guest on National Public Radio with David Brancaccio, is a host of Marketplace Morning Report, Co-founder of CraftTrain and Co-Author of the book Unexpected Pathways: The Journeys of Women in the Workforce.

A former construction worker in the electrical trade, Dr. Cannon received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from University of Phoenix, with a specialization in curriculum and instruction. Dr. Cannon’s dissertation addresed the topic “Exploring Reasons Women Choose to Pursue Entry-level Construction Trades Employment.”

A native of Baxley, Georgia, Dr. Cannon is passionate about creating opportunity for the craft professional – particularly women in construction!

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