On June 6, 2014, career professionals from a diverse range of fields met with selected GEAR UP peer mentors for an informative luncheon.
Held at Taix restaurant in Los Angeles, the luncheon boasted round table seating for open conversation between student mentors and adult representatives.
Prior to the luncheon, selected peer mentors were asked to share career interests so as best to pair students with a professional from their field of interest. Guest professionals included:
- John Simmons, Cinematographer at It’s a Laugh Productions
- Edwina Pellika, owner of A Dyeing Art
- Suzy Jack, Deputy Controller for the LA City Controllers office
- Precilla Bedolla, Registered Nurse at Beverly Hospital
- Ella Turenne, Assistant Dean for Community Engagement at Occidental College
- Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Travel Writer for the LA Times
- Marcy Rye, owner of Wire Media
- Dr. Joanna Parga, UCLA
- Sgt Matthew Ensley, LAPD and Professor of Sociology at Mount St. Mary’s College
- Katherine Anne Roberts, Professor of Forensic Science at CSULA
Keynote speaker Dr. Alma Salazar, Vice President of Education and Workforce Development for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, spoke to GEAR UP students about the importance of taking advantage of opportunities that could broaden their horizons. In her address, Salazar encouraged the students to take on internships, to study abroad, and to pursue post-secondary education.
From pre-luncheon lessons in etiquette to hands-on networking experience, the luncheon served as a valuable tool in educating GEAR UP students on the important career and communication skills they will need for success in any field.