1 in 365
The CCC Community Outreach Committee hosted over 75 business leaders and youth at the Leaders Today Leaders Tomorrow: Cambridge Business/Youth Summit on March 30 at Cambridge College. Cambridge Mayor David Maher and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeffrey Young addressed the group and highlighted the important role our business community plays in the development of our future leaders —the Cambridge youth. Susan Lapierre, Executive Vice President of Cambridge Savings Bank moderated the program.
Business leaders from all industries in Cambridge were represented, including life sciences, technology, hospitality, financial services, healthcare and education. During the first portion of the program, leaders shared the personal experiences that impacted their professional journey and influenced their leadership skills. Each leader’s story inspired the youth as well as their colleagues and gave new insight into who they are as a person and how and why they do what they do each day.
The second portion of the program featured three rounds of ten minute one-on-one sessions between the leaders and youth. The youth ranged from eighth graders from Fletcher Maynard Academy to high school seniors from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and the Rindge School of Technical Arts, the vocational arm of the high school. The youth arrived with a series of questions that helped them create a dialog with the leaders.
The buzz in the room was palpable and in just a short exchange, both the leaders and youth were able to learn about personal interests and professional goals. The youth were able to articulate and communicate their ideas with the leaders and gained invaluable experience from the interactions. The youth said they appreciated the opportunity to practice their communication skills and meet new people from different professions. They also said they received good advice about what they should do in the future to achieve their goals, as well as ways to improve their professional skills.
The business leaders left excited and encouraged by the energy, knowledge and curiosity of youth they met. Lena Sharp from Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. said, “It was so amazing to see these driven youth, excited to hear about our professional paths and eager to share their aspirations and seek advice. If this is the future of our workforce, we have some great things to look forward to.”
The Chamber’s Community Outreach Committee is committed to helping to create partnerships between the businesses and youth of Cambridge through the Cambridge Challenge initiative. This year’s 1in 365 Campaign encourages the business community to participate in some way, be it through participating in the summit, conducting a mock interview, hosting a job shadow or hiring a youth for a summer job or internship. The ways to be involved are numerous and all are important in the development of our future leaders. We encourage you to view these opportunities at www.cambridgechallenge.org
or to contact any of the committee members, all of whom are listed on the website, or Caryn Saitz, CCC Director of Community Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to Cambridge Savings Bank, the 2011 sponsor of the Chamber’s Community Outreach Committee as well as the sponsor of the Summit, and Broadway Gourmet, Cambridge College and Kendall Press for their generous support of the Summit. Finally, thank you to the entire Community Outreach Committee for their ongoing commitment and efforts.
PHOTOS BY STEPHEN MACLONE, MACLONE STUDIOS OF PHOTOGRAPHY, WWW.MACLONEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
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