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TLF Career Pathways

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We had an outstanding group of professionals on Sunday, January 7, 2018 participate in our career panel. What is the role of a nonprofit was answered by Martha Stowe, Executive Director of Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation; Anthony Ball, Missions Pastor at First Baptist Church Irving, talked about what qualifications are required to work in the ministry; Casey Boland, a long term teacher at Lake Highlands HS pointed out some of the changes in education in the last 20 years; Hannah Marsteller, TLF career member and new teacher at Lake Highlands HS, explained why she wanted to go back to school to become a teacher; Timmy Newsome, founder of Newtech Business Solutions, stressed the importance of research whether you are preparing for a football game or opening a new business; Jesse Reyes of the Dallas Police Department, highlighted the role police play in the community. Common threads between all the panelists included the fact that your career path will be crooked, that it is important to take advantage of all opportunities, and internships are incredibly important to help identify the professions which are right for you. Thank you panelists for the wisdom and time you shared with TLF.

AMERICAN LEADERS INSTITUTE KICK OFF

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On April 8, 2017, TLF held the kick off for the American Leaders Institute with Congressman Sessions. Herschel Walker was the guest speaker and shared his message for reaching your goals. After struggling both academically and socially as a young adolescent, Herschel realized that if things were going to change they needed to start with him. After creating a daily workout routine of 1500 push ups and 2500 sit ups, his strength surpassed everyone and he became an outstanding athlete. He used that same strategy and pushed himself academically and graduated valedictorian of his high school class. He went on to become a Heisman Trophy winner, an NFL football player playing for the Dallas Cowboys (and other teams) and an Olympian. He attributes his success to his faith, family and pure determination.

What a great role model he provided for the students not only as they begin preparing for their trip to Washington, D.C. but as they end their senior year of high school and will soon be starting their college careers. Set your goals high and work harder than everyone else around you!

Career Pathways

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By Jorge Pompa
Bryan Adams High School
TLF 2016
This month we focused on different career options by hosting a career panel which consisted of well-versed professionals that work, and have worked, in a variety of fields. The diversity among the panelists gave us an opportunity to see how people’s paths can lead them to their true calling in life, a calling that every panelist felt determined to fulfill. As the professionals said, their journey was far from a straight line so the work is never finished.
Not only did we get a chance to ask the speakers questions during the discussion, but were able to engage with them on a personal level afterwards. This was a wonderful opportunity to ask specifically about career development and life choices.  While in the short term, it may seem that their words will not change a life, in the grand scheme of things every piece of advice offered will help us improve as individuals and future professionals in the workforce. I think it is safe to say that without TLF many of the members would not have the opportunity to interact with these professionals and expand their networks.
Thank you to Calvert Collins Bratton, Methodist Health System; Byron Sanders, U.S. Trust; Crystal Jamaica, Balfour Beatty Construction; Hilary Blake, Dallas County Assistant District Attorney; and Charlotte Carlisle, Children at Risk for being a part of the career panel and taking the time to share your experience with us.