Today’s visit was to the sprawling, Smithfield, Rhode Island campus of the Fidelity Investment company, an international financial services company. The company was established in 1946. As of December 2022,
the investments Fidelity manages for its clients has a combined value of
Fidelity operates a brokerage firm, manages many large mutual funds, provides investment advice to their clients as well as retirement services, index funds, wealth management, securities execution and clearance, asset custody, and life insurance.
The mission of today’s class was to provide
information on a variety of career options
working in a large, international, financial services company as well as an opportunity for students to practice specific like skills like
personal brand development, pushing out of comfort zones to
build networks of successful, influential people, storytelling, questioning, listening and observation, and
‘meet & greet‘ techniques.
The Social Studies 2.0 – Life Skills class – mantra has and continues to be
“EVERY PERSON HAS A BRAND,
i.e. THE PERCEPTION OTHERS HAVE OF YOU.
GREAT BRANDS CREATE GREAT NETWORKS.
NETWORKS OF SUCCESSFUL, INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE
HELP US THROUGHOUT LIFE
THEY HAVE A POSITIVE PERCEPTION OF OUR BRAND.
LIFETIME SUCCESS IS OFTEN DETERMINED BY
THE QUALITY OF THE BRAND AND NETWORK.”
The class began with each panelist introducing themself with a brief story of where they’re from and the success they now enjoy and concluded with NETWORKING among guests and students over a catered LUNCH.
Here’s a more complete biography of each member of our Professionals panel:
1 Please tell me ONE thing you took from our conversation with Jeshua Zapata today. It could be something you learned; something that inspired you; something that made you think about the future you aspire to. Send your answer to my email address before 11:59pm, Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
2. Meg Stowe, the Director of Innovation at Rocky Hill Country Day, has invited YOU and ME to a special event, i.e.Venture Cafe’s Hack Education Connect on March 19 from 5pm to 8pm, at the VENTURE CAFE on 225 Dyer St in Providence. Students from a number of area schools will be part of in-depth conversations within small groups about their successes and challenges in and out of school. Students will lead the discussion groups. The format will be similar to our FUTURE FORUM. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN GOING?? yes or no. IF YES, WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEAD A GROUP DISCUSSION OF SEVERAL STUDENTS? More details will be coming next week. YOU MUST HAVE TRANSPORTATION FOR GETTING TO THE CAFE AND GETTING HOME. PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO BY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020. SHOULD BE A GREAT EVENT; YOUR DECISION WILL BE SOMETHING SIMILAR TO WHAT JESHUA DID BY PUSHING OUT OF HIS COMFORT ZONE WHEN HE ENROLLED AT BRYANT UNIVERSITY. A LEARNING EXPERIENCE.
Today’s guest was Jeshua Zapata,
the President of Xzito, a full service marketing agency focusing on delivering measurable results for his customers through expert, creative marketing using new technology and, as a result, increasing the ROI (return on investments or business success) of his clients.
Today’s host was Josiah Diaz,
who welcomed Jeshua to Hope High School and the Hope Life Skills class.
“I didn’t let my humble beginnings in Central Falls and attending a school with a terrible brand like Central Falls High School prevent me from being the person I wanted to be.
Today’s guest was Johnny Montanez,
former Hope Life Skills student, 2010 Hope High graduate, and presently the CEO of Coin Theory Media Group, a United States based multimedia production company, specializes in producing Cinematic Commercial Content for business owners across the North American region including Canada and Mexico.
Today’s host was Elliott Burrell,
aspiring music and film producer.
“We cannot let where we come from define who we can be!
Our guests today were Ellisa Cox and Omi Hopper. Both women are employed by Sephora,
a French international chain of personal care and beauty stores featuring nearly 300 brands of makeup products. Sephora offers beauty products including cosmetics, skin care, body fragrance, nail color and haircare. The company was founded in France in 1969 with its present headquarters in the French city of Paris.
Both women also have personal investments in other activities.
Besides being a Manager at Sephora, Omi has her own makeup company called Bellisima (Facebook & Instagram: BellisimaMUA). Ellisa is presently a senior at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
Today’s host was Hope High School’s own makeup artist extraordinaire, Lydia Watkins.
The past two classes have focused on writing a great resume.
We often speak about in the Hope Life Skills program
the importance of storytelling.
Job interviews, networking events, and pushing out of our comfort zone to meet new people are just a few examples of opportunities for sharing our personal stories with others to create opportunities for success. A resume is another example of an opportunity to tell one’s story for
creating opportunities for personal success.
Today’s guest was Raymond Perez,
Hope High School and Hope Life Skills graduate and Syracuse University senior.
Today’s Life Skills class host was Juan Severino.
“I’ve learned a few lessons since my days at Hope High.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is ‘NO EXCUSES’!
Today’s guest was
a business marketing and analytics major at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Today’s Hope Life Skills host who welcomed Abby to Hope High School and the Hope Life Skills class was