On May 14, almost thirty United Way volunteers gathered at El Sereno Middle School to partake in the 2nd Annual Career Day. Volunteers from companies across Los Angeles spoke to more than 100 students, each over the course of 4 class periods. All sectors were covered - from acting to accounting - opening the eyes of students at this UWGLA partner school to a whole new world of possibilities.
Melanie Alvarez, an 8th grade student, spoke to the group about her experience last year. She read a letter that she had written for the volunteers, stating, “You all inspired me to stay in school and never give up on anything I hope to achieve… thank you.” It was a very touching moment for both her teachers and the volunteers.
Principal Dr. Frances Gibson, who is in her first year with ESMS, thanked United Way for its many contributions over the past 2 years. Detailing the various ways UWGLA volunteers have been involved, she told them, “You are all teachers today. Thank you for being here.”
Volunteers spoke to music, science, math and social studies classes for the next 3 hours and shared their feedback with one another over lunch. While some questions were entertaining (“Can you get us into the Staples Center for free?!”- a question posited to a security firm owner), others were serious - discussing Bachelor’s degrees, Master's degrees and other educational paths that are important to forming a career.
Thank you VERY much to all our volunteers who participated! Your contribution cannot not be overstated. We hope to see you again next year for a new crop of students!
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2013 United Way Career Day Volunteers:
Maria Audero, Partner, Paul Hastings LLP
Brian Brummit, Actor
Louis Castle, Police Sergeant/K-9 Handler/Instructor, Culver City Police Department (Retired)
Jessica Copenhaver, Vice President, Citi Private Bank
Josh Copenhaver, Vice President, Citi Private Bank
Jamila Fairley, Production Incentive Planning, Tax Manager, Fox Entertainment Group
Angela Fentimen, Media & Employee Communications Manager, Southern California Gas Company
Zulema Garcia, Partner, KPMG
Anthony Garrison, Interim Director, Asian Pacific Student Services, LGBT Student Services, Loyola Marymount College
Deborah Lee, Partner, International Tax, PwC
Ben Lewis, Area Sales Manager, UPS
Chad McKinsey, Musician
Susan McNulty, Occupational Therapist/Adjunct Professor, USC
Betsy Monahan, HR Director, ACCO Engineered System
Mabel Munoz, Program Officer, First 5 LA
Lisa O'Rourke, Executive Director, Marketing and Communications, Loyola Marymount College
Aimee Quon, Mechanical Integration Engineer, JPL
James Rock, Senior Manager, Assurant Services, KPMG
Natalie Seaman, Senior Account Executive, Wellpoint/Anthem Blue Cross
Carolyn Spaeter, Account Management Executive Consultant, Anthem Blue Cross
Le Tang Story Artist, Dreamworks Animation
Cynthia Torres, Senior Account Executive, UPS
Christina Ward, Executive Team Leader - Human Resources, Target
Austin Wheelon, MEP Coordinator, PCL Construction Services, Inc.
Jeff Zisner, President & CEO, AEGIS Security &