Chicago — July 1
GE’s Hispanic Affinity Group, the GE Hispanic Forum, hosted on Monday a leadership workshop for Hispanic students from communities in need in Chicago.
More than 100 local Hispanic students from UNO Charter Schools, Junior Achievement and the Midtown Educational Foundation participated in the event where GE business leaders helped students develop “elevator speeches” and refine their presentation skills for future job interviews.
Students had the opportunity to tour a business fair and see firsthand the various STEM-related industries in which GE works. GE executives later held a roundtable discussion with students, sharing the steps they took to build their careers and some of the lessons they learned along the way.
The hands-on leadership event sought to provide students with practical tools they can use in preparation for future careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. It also aimed to show students:
The value of building a professional network and how having a strong network is equally as important to having a degree and strong presentation skills. How pursuing an education in a STEM field can lead to greater career opportunities at companies like GE. And how adults from the same cultural heritage achieved success and turned their bilingual skills into a marketable asset.
The workshop kicked off a two-day summit hosted by GE’s Hispanic Forum that brought together top Hispanic talent at GE for professional networking and training. During the summit, GE employees also participated in outreach activities in the local Hispanic community, including filling backpacks with school supplies for local underprivileged students and stuffing teddy bears for children in local hospitals.