On Wednesday, July 13, WNY United hosted 11 professionals from Western New York to speak about their careers during the Leaders In Training Summer Program Career Fair at Medaille College.
The Career Fair shows the Leaders many different people from all different walks of life and their paths, journeys and education they took to get to where they are today. This leads in to the Math for Life curriculum where the kids will learn the real world skills they need to establish a successful career.
Among the speakers were Jeremy White, WGR Sports Radio; Vanessa Guite, Attorney at Law Offices of Vanessa S. Guite, Esq.; Niki Klem, Registered Dietician and Program Director at Trocaire College; LaVonda Locke, Administrative Office for the FBI; Felicia Dudley, Buffalo Police Department; Shannon Connors, Shannon Connors Fitness; Derek Landri, Head Football Coach at St. Joe’s; Michele Bulan, Executive Director, Marketing and Corporate Communications at Perry’s Ice Cream; Dave Brown, Red Box Regional Manager; Claudine Ewing, Reporter at WGRZ-TV; and Joy Kuebler, Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect, PC.
Claudine Ewing told the Leaders how important it was that these young people want to do something positive with their lives. “Strive for excellence and be the very best you can be.”
Being the Regional Manager for Red Box can bring a different challenge every day which is why Dave Brown said it is important to have an education so you can learn to see different ways to deal with something.
The kids were excited to hear Michele had brought Perry’s Ice Cream with her. She said yes she does eat the ice cream because she is responsible for new flavors and new names. She calls herself the Director of Fun and added her passion for creativity and collaborative leadership style allowed her to excel in her position. She told the kids to be a sponge and always say ‘yes’ to learn what they really like and don’t like.
“Do what you like and like what you do,” she said.
Shannon Connors, who owns her own fitness studio, got the kids up and moving. She brought so much energy to the room and it was clear she has a passion for what she does.
“In order to have a healthy mind you need to have a healthy body,” Connors told the kids.
Buffalo Police Department Officer Dudley gave the kids a wonderful message. She told her story of hating school and asking others for help because she didn’t want to be perceived as a failure. When she was on the verge of failing she spent her lunch periods to get her grades up. At that point she decided she wanted to be that person that can help others and that’s why she’s a police officer. She helps those who want an education and want to be better.
The kids were happy to hear the Registered Dietician did not bring kale and was working toward bringing healthier foods to their schools. Lawyer Vanessa Guite joked with the kids, “Go to law school if you want to be the smart person in the room.”
Former NFL Player and now Head Football Coach Derek Landri was a hit with the kids and they asked him plenty of questions about his career. Jeremy White from WGR added to the presentation by telling the kids that along the way they’re going to have to do a lot of work. He reiterated an earlier point and told the kids to always say yes when they are asked if they can do more. While the kids were highly impressed with FBI Administrative Officer LaVonda Locke, she left them with the quote by Oprah Winfrey, “Dream big because you become what you believe.”
The presentation was very inspiring and these little minds were very captivated. Following the presentation the kids chose a professional to take to their classroom and one could only imagine the questions and curiosity that arose behind closed doors.