UthMpact Leadership is a unique program, spearheaded by InnerAct Alliance, StandUP Polk, UthMpact, business and community partners, to help teens develop crucial leadership skills. After being off the road during the first part of 2021, members of UthMpact Leadership Class X hit the ground running to enjoy a busy March Leadership Career Day, incorporating safe social distance protocols of course!
The teens started their day learning what soft skills are and how to utilize these skills when it comes to preparing for a job or college interview. The group visited Lone Palm where they met with Brian West, Community Relations Manager/Southwest Florida for Publix Super Markets, Inc. Mr. West shared some of the characteristics that he looks for in a potential employee and provided insights about job preparedness and needed skills. During lunch, the students received firsthand experience practicing proper dining etiquette. The day’s agenda concluded with a very interesting presentation from a diverse panel of business professionals which included a small business owner, an executive director of a nonprofit agency, a woman who is self-employed, and the CEO of a local bank. Each speaker shared an overview of their business and provided insight about what they expect prospective employees to know and understand before they are hired. Overall, it was a valuable opportunity for students to gain knowledge and practice skills to enhance future employability and learn about local companies from some of our area’s successful business owners!