On October 18th, Career Pathways Initiative and Service-Learning Program hosted Benedict College’s Annual Conference ALERT (Aspiring Leaders Emerging Ready for Tomorrow) from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the David Swinton Campus Center ballrooms. Students and staff of the department was charged with organizing and facilitating the opportunity for the campus to receive advice from industry professionals.
The keynote guest speaker was Paul Marks, an entrepreneur that travels from one corporation to the next, using improvisation to help peers understand how to interact with each other. The workshop covered topics such as professionalism and teamwork, touching on how big egos can impact growth and development.
The next speaker was Tamika Washington, owner of Converspace, who added more context and insight to what it means to be an entrepreneur in today’s climate. Students with their own businesses at the event had the opportunity to set up their own table as a vendor for free and practice their elevator pitches to conference participants. The conference was interactive from beginning to end, a constructive and informal way of presenting student entrepreneurs and allowing all participants to interact in a professional setting to aid in the development of their next chapter in life!