Diversity Employers

December 2015

Editorial objective:1- give diverse jobseekers sound information on job opportunities and how to successfully navigate the job search process,2- invite “employers of choice” to share success secrets and valuable information on where the jobs are.

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Diversity Employers | DiversityEmployers.com | December 2015 9 was not the direction he wanted to take; although he has stated, "I wouldn't take back any of the scientifc knowledge and professional development Eli & Lilly Company taught me!" After this internship, Brian was again chosen for the Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. (where he was offered a full–time position with the Altria Group Distri- bution Company (AGDC) as a Terri- tory Sales Manager, in New Orleans, Louisiana). Mr. Grant accepted the offer and is now gainfully employed with the company. Brian stated, he was offered the internship with Eli Lilly & Company and full–time position with AGDC because he displayed discipline, dedication, a passion to succeed, an open mind and a willingness to learn, to be innovative, an ambitious drive, leadership and fnally the confdence that the recruiters at the TMCF Leader- ship Institute were seeking. Brian Grant has been employed with Altria Group Distribution Company for a year and six months; within his frst year with the company, Mr. Grant man- aged to be named one of the Top 5 Sales Managers within his Unit, District and Section of the company–for outstand- ing distribution yearly growth within one of Altria's servicing companies (e.g., John Middleton Company). Because of his continuing commitment to SUNO, Brian recently came back to SUNO to participate in TMCF's student recruit- ment fair for the 2015 Leadership Insti- tute. Brian talked to this year's prospec- tive participants about his pass success stories with TMCF Leadership Institute and how he felt they should prepare for the Leadership Institute ("Where educa- tion truly pays off!"). There are careers, internships, networking opportunities, graduate/professional school informa- tion, and empowering business sessions that are available to them by participat- ing in the TMCF Leadership Institute. Brian feels that if students attend The Leadership Institute they will leave bet- ter prepared for career opportunities. I have been in Career Affairs at SUNO since 1982. SUNO has developed a very successful relationship with the Thur- good Marshall College Fund (TMCF). TMCF offers students enrolled in public Historically Black Colleges and Univer- sities (e.g., public HBCUs) the oppor- tunity to participate in programs and activities that enrich their opportunities for career successes. In past years, several SUNO College of Business graduates have obtained career positions as a di- rect result of participating in the TMCF Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute gives HBCU students the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. for an all-expense paid three-day workshop on resume' writing, interview techniques, and job contact opportunities. TMCF's Leader- ship Institute will have 300 students (from public HBCUs) and more than 20 nation-wide employers participate in the workshop that is held every fall. Each spring semester, SUNO's Career Affairs Offce helps prepare the stu- dents interested in participating in this workshop by prepping the students on interview questions, interview dress requirements, business decorum, and GPA requirements. u Through the DPLN program, my pro- fessional development fourished. The workshops taught me about my strengths and weaknesses and communicating this information to employers. I often utilized interview preparation oppor- tunities: resume review, 10 mock inter- views with Career Center staff/employer partners, three job shadow experiences where I witnessed professionals at work. To supplement what I learned during site visits, I attended Executive panels and Women in the Workforce panels, which clarifed my career interests. I had 10 interviews with six companies before accepting a position with Travelers. Joe W. Marion, Director Career and VA Afairs - Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), New Orleans, LA Within his frst year with the company, Mr. Grant managed to be named one of the Top 5 Sales Managers within his Unit, District and Section of the company. Brook University Brook University Brook University Student Success Story- Stony Brook University By Kimberly Joy Dixon Denise Ouedraogo - Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY Major: Business Administration Hometown: Plattsburgh, New York Employer: Travelers Companies, Melville, New York Job Title: Operations Specialist, Claims The workshops taught me about my strengths and weak- nesses and communicating this information to employers.

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