Professional Growth and Volunteerism

Two USF graduates are launching a mentorship program this fall through the High Hopes in High Heels organization.



By Daylina Miller

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (May. 30, 2012) – In a world where it’s more important than ever for college students to network to get jobs out of college, a local organization is creating a mentorship program that will help college-aged women develop personally and professionally.


The organization, High Hopes in High Heels (HHiHH), is a Tampa-based group of professional women whose mission it is “to empower Tampa Bay’s women to improve their lives personally, professionally and philanthropically through supporting our community.”


The newest endeavor by HHiHH is a mentorship program called “Peep Toes & Pumps” and is being run by two University of South Florida graduates, Keri Shingledecker and Amanda Wintenburg..


The purpose of the program is to help current college students juggle work, school, and a social life, as well as to develop them professionally, help them build and write their resumes, and get them involved with volunteer work in the community.


“We want to reach out to USF and other college-aged woman,” said Shingledecker, who studied advertising at USF. “We all went to college and felt the stress of time management, budgeting and trying to find internships. We have women that own their own businesses, who work in advertising, work for the Tampa Bay Lightning. We have a big array of woman that are involved.”


Wintenburg said the name of the program was created to embrace the concept of professional women who typically wear high heels.


“We wanted something that was recognizable,” Wintenburg said. “As professional and college-aged woman, we all wear them. A peep toe is a mentee who needs a little help from her pump and the pump will oversee everything and make sure that peep toe is on the right track.”


A large component of High Hopes in High Heels is volunteer work. In college, Wintenburg said, volunteer events are often already set up for you through clubs and sororities you join. In the real world, you have to seek out volunteer opportunities on your own.


“I got involved mainly for networking in the beginning and now I'm so happy I joined for the volunteer aspects,” Shingeldecker said.


Peep Toes & Pumps will have a kick-off in the fall for new mentees and mentors. As a new program, it will be a work-in-progress that will evolve over time much like the parent organization has.


Students who are interested in getting involved should sign up on the High Hopes in High Heels website for a membership, which is $30 annually for a junior member, and fill out a survey about themselves to pair them with a like-minded mentor.


For more information on the mentorship program and how you can get involved, please email or


Daylina Miller can be reached at 813-500-8754.