Thank You to This Year's Career Day Volunteers!

Thank You to This Year's Career Day Volunteers!

8740755183_d4ef8bbab2_zOn 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!

Click here to see photos from the event! 


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 &
Investigations, Inc.



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