Spring 2015| Posse Atlanta Quarterly


Winter Career Day Draws Record Attendance

Selema Gonzalez, a rising freshman at The College of Wooster.

On January 5, 2015, Posse Atlanta hosted its fifth annual Winter Career Conference with resounding success. The event, sponsored by the Georgia Power Foundation, drew more than 125 Scholars who networked with more than 20 professionals from companies such as Jones Day, the Museum of Contemporary Art Atlanta and Georgia Power Company.

“Georgia Power is committed to developing a pipeline of talent for future leaders, and has a stellar reputation for being involved in the greater-Atlanta community,” says Zenith Houston, Director of Posse Atlanta. “We were excited to partner with them to provide Posse Scholars with the opportunity to engage in a day of professional and personal development to further their career interests as they become leaders in the workforce.”

Workshops held during the conference were created with input from Scholars about which career-related topics were most relevant to their interests. Scholars discussed diversity in the workplace, the benefits of a liberal arts degree in a job search, and attended a session about corporate leadership entitled “Getting to the C-Suite,” which was led by Curtis Tearte, the founder of the Tearte Family Foundation and a former IBM executive. Additionally, Scholars interested in graduate school or fellowships participated in one-on-one coaching sessions.

Scholars who attended the event left with a renewed spirit of ambition. They also received professional headshots taken by Posse Atlanta Leadership Council member Janet Howard.

“I learned about different career options that I could pursue after college that I didn’t know were available to me,” says Selema Gonzalez, a rising freshman at The College of Wooster who plans to major in theater and anthropology. “Having a unique major could open doors and provide opportunities in the future.”

Posse Atlanta thanks event sponsor Georgia Power Foundation and the many professionals who served as panelists and networked with Scholars. The support and mentorship from these individuals is critical to ensuring that Scholars are successful, well-positioned young professionals. 

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