Oracle’s ABLE (African American Business Leaders for Excellence) today, partnered with the Bank of New York Mellon to host an informative program for high school students.
The event – Blacks on Wall Street - was held in honor of Black History Month and was a remarkable program that offered invaluable advice and career insight from four outstanding leaders in the IT, Finance and Bio-science Technology industries.
167 Students arrived at BNY Mellon’s New York City Auditorium from various schools and programs across New York and New Jersey.
They listened intently to career and high achievement insights such as:
“Success is inconvenient.” - Gene Waddy; “Unless you have tremendous passion for what you are doing, you will have less than the best results.” – Ray Gerald; and “Pursue excellence at all times.” – Hamidou Dia
Needless to say, these impressionable youngsters appreciated the counsel from the panelists. One noted: “Their past is my present!”
Difficult yet impressive questions about mentorship, job choices between money and passion, rising above peer pressure and overcoming failures, benefited all that were in the auditorium.
Other feedback: “Unlike other events that might attempt to do too much with too little time, I was particularly gratified to see that enough time was given to the young attendees to rise to the occasion, speak their thoughts, and ask their questions, of professionals with whom they already felt comfortable. That is not an easy endeavor under any circumstances, but here Oracle/ABLE made a wonderful mark! ”
Event was hosted by Dennis Creary, Oracle KAD BNYMellon and Leader ABLE NY. Thank you to BNY Mellon, Oracle ABLE, panelists, exhibitor’s, schools and organizations that made this event a success!