Nearly 100 student leaders from Spring ISD high schools gathered at the Lone Star College-North Harris campus Dec. 1 to learn from executives with ExxonMobil and Junior Achievement.
The annual leadership conference creates an opportunity for the students to not only receive career advice from professionals, but also improve their communication skills and learn about workplace environments. The students worked with the business professionals in both large- and small-group settings, and participated in a professional attire fashion show after lunch.
During his welcoming remarks, Spring ISD Superintendent Dr. Rodney Watson told the students that the partnership with ExxonMobil and Junior Achievement was created to help them as they think about their lives after graduation. “We are working to meet the needs of all of you, and this opportunity is all about preparing you for the choices that you are starting to make for yourselves,” said Watson.
Archie Meyer, a global safety, security, health and environment advisor with ExxonMobil, wants the students to stay motivated, even if they haven’t decided on a career pathway yet. “Keep all your options open until you figure out what you are passionate about and what you want to do. Make sure that you keep yourself in the game,” said Meyer.
Rick Franke, president of Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, also urged the students to keep an open mind about career possibilities. “Be flexible to see all the opportunities and be ready to take advantage of those opportunities, because they may lead you to the most fascinating career of your life. That’s what happened to me,” Franke said.
At the end of the day, Spring ISD Career and Technical Education Director Cynthia Williams said she hopes to see the students take what they learned at the leadership conference back to their high school campuses where other students can benefit also.
“It’s great to see them motivated and inspired here, but we want them to go back to their schools even more empowered to lead their campus organizations,” said Williams.