Hispanic Affinity Group, the GE Hispanic Forum, today hosted 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 rolled up their sleeves to help 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 provided students with practical tools they can use in preparation for future careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and showed students:
- The value of building a professional network and how in today’s environment, 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.
- How adults from the same cultural heritage achieved success and turned their bilingual skills into a marketable asset.
“Encouraging Hispanic students to engage in the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and math and preparing them for great careers are the primary objectives of the GE Hispanic Forum. Our goal is to inspire the next generation of Hispanic leaders and cultivate lasting interest in STEM careers among Hispanics across the country,” said Beto Casellas, national co-chair of GE’s Hispanic Forum and vice president and general manager for GE Capital Retail Finance.