It was day when everyone felt good.
For the Hope High Life Skills students, it was about a summer work experience in ‘supply chain management‘, ‘computer programming‘, ‘analytics‘ and ‘corporate communications‘ at CVS Health, a $140 billion dollar, international company. For the CVS Health staff, it was observing the return on their personal investment mentoring some of Providence’s best and brightest young people who might eventually be future ‘supply chain managers’, ‘pharmacists’, ‘analysts’, ‘programmers’, ‘corporate communication specialists’, ‘lawyers’ and maybe even a ‘CEO’ at CVS Health or some other Rhode Island company or organization.
Opening remarks by CVS executives Lou Mercado, Vice President of Inventory Management, and Donna Mumma, Senior Director of Pharmacy Inventory Management and Analytics, addressed the mission of the internship program and the benefits of strong personal brands and networks of successful, good people. “You control your personal brand. The best brands get the best and most opportunities for success.
Your brand will either open or close doors of opportunities throughout life.
You’re part of this internship program because of the positive perception of your brand. How well you maintain your positive brand will ultimately determine the quality of your job and career opportunities and, eventually, your future success. One of the reasons CVS Health continues to be a successful company is because of the CVS Health brand. The people you see in this room and throughout this campus and in every CVS Health store you visit are responsible for the strength of the company brand. The same can be said of your brand. It depends on your commitment and the quality and commitment of the people in your network”.
Following Lou Mercado and Donna Mumma, each student proceeded to the front of the room to speak to the audience and their CVS Health mentors about their summer internship.
“Well, Steve (Cronin), another summer internship and another group of outstanding students from Hope” Donna Mumma shared with me at the end of the day.
“The brand of Hope High School is strong here.
Your students are amazing. Because of their brands, we’d like to continue offering internships to the Hope High School Life Skills students next year. “You know, Donna”, I responded, “these students understand the responsibilities of brand. They understand they represent their family and school brand. By representing Hope High’s brand well, they create opportunities for future ‘Life Skills’ students at CVS Health. It’s a pretty mature perspective for people so young. I agree; they are an impressive group“.
Donna also reminded the students about the network they’ve developed at CVS Health.
“We’re part of your network now.
You’ve earned our respect. Stay in touch. Reach out to us with questions. We’re here to help. I know we’ll be visiting Mr Cronin’s class next year and we hope to see you all then.“
Donna, and all the wonderful people who have mentored the Hope High Life Skills students for the past two summers.