Make Your Success A Reality
Seminars are geared toward African-American and Hispanic high school and middle school students of promise – youth who may be straddling the fence between academic complacency and meaningful engagement.
Through moderated panel discussions, students are provided the opportunity to learn from and interact with successful business and community leaders who speak with authenticity and cultural credibility while reinforcing the Compelling Why pillars of the importance and value of education, self-motivation, personal responsibility and active engagement.
The pillars are reinforced through panelist personal stories and strategies for surmounting obstacles. Panelists provide inspiration and motivation to youth who too often are without positive role models in their lives.
Students are challenged with a call-to-action to engage in programs that prepare them for success in college and career. Academic enrichment and youth development programs, already available on their campuses and in their communities, are featured during an Opportunity Fair – think college career fair setting – so students can easily and immediately learn more about those programs and enroll.
Seminars are held at partner university campuses and segmented by gender and ethnicity to help maximize impact on participants.
African American Men
President, MW Logistics
Texas State Director, AVID
Owner, Two Rows Restaurant
President/CEO, Group Excellence
Managing Partner/CEO, Kazien Development Partners
Principal/The George Development Group
Principal, MLH Enterprises
Sr. Community Relations Coordinator, City of Dallas
CEO, 2M Research Services
North Texas Retail Client Relationship Executive, Deloitte
Michael D. Pegues
CEO, The Beck Group
President & CEO, Big Thought
Ronnie Wilson, Jr
Lead Technology Project Manager, GKN Aerospace
African American Women
Sr. Project Manager, AT&T
President, Howland PR
SVP, Jones Lang LaSalle
Senior Mgr, Strategic Program & Operations, Accenture
Alfreda B. Norman
SVP, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Enterprise Account Mgr, Cisco Systems
Michelle R. Thomas
VP, Philanthropy & Community Relations, JPMorgan Chase
Recruitment Director, Teach for America
Frances Cudjoe Waters
National Speaker, Writer, Minister and Life Coach
Texas State Representative
Manager, Industrial Engineering, Qorvo
President, Goucher College
Director, Center for Social Measurement and Eval, Children at Risk
Former Director, Literacy Initiatives, Commit!
Jorge A. Corral
Dallas Office Managing Director, Accenture
Principal, Rocky Duron & Associates
Jorge Luis Estrada
Community Outreach Representative, Dallas Police Dept.
Managing Partner, Chalker Flores LLP
Principal, Garza Program Management
Financial Advisor, Amicus Financial Advisors
Executive Director, Puede Network!
Principal & Founder, Richards/Lerma
Material Program Manager, Raytheon
R. Mateo Magdaleno
Chief Education Officer, IDQ Group
Partner, Freidman & Fieger
President, RAIZ Inc.
Integration Mgr, International Space Station, NASA
Chief Admin, Tyler ISD
Alejandro Sanchez Sobrino
VP, GM Telemundo, Orlando, ZGS Communications
Managing Partner, Valdez | Washington
Counselor, Verdin Law
Partner, Miller, Eagan, Molter & Nelson, LLP
Manager, Sales Development, Mercuri International
Senior Associate VP for Outreach Services, UT Arlington
Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Cedillo-Pereira
Director, Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs, City of Dallas
Patricia Rodriguez Christian
President, CRC Group
Hilda C. Galvan
Partner-in-Charge Dallas, Jones Day
Florencia Velasco Fortner
President & CEO, The Concilio
Lawyer, Gandara & Gonzalez
VP, General Counsel, Fluor Corporation
Anchor / Reporter, KDFW Fox 4
The Impact of Compelling Success Sessions
- Increase each student’s level of engagement. Research shows students who are behaviorally, emotionally and cognitively engaged in school are more likely to achieve positive academic outcomes.
- Expose students to accomplished role models with whom they relate to culturally. Students served seldom see themselves reflected in the myriad of careers and occupations to which they might aspire.
- Connect students to the resources needed to achieve their college and career goals.