WesGold Graduate Rubby C. (’07) and incoming Fellow Dacie F. (’09) spent a week in Detroit, Michigan for the Urban Financial Services Coalition’s Mark I Emerging Leaders Program. Mark I brings youth participants from across the country to the Coalition’s annual business conference. They participate in an intensive business competition similar to Donald Trump’s The Apprentice.
The competition focuses on the development of critical foundational management and leadership skills through an intensive five (5) day leadership program. The components of this program include personal development and management issue oriented seminars, developmental heat through an apprentice style group competition and the opportunity to apply the skills learned through the completion of a challenging community action task… Other conference highlights include an Apprentice style “boardroom” presentation.
Dacie and Rubby were handpicked by WesGold Fellows Director Michael Gross. Without hesitation they took the Mark I Program by storm. Dacie and her team placed first with their unique and professional recording label and won digital cameras to capture their future success. Not far behind was Rubby and his team, placing second.
This program reinforced some of the ideals taught throughout the WesGold Fellows Program. “The importance of networking is discussed a lot. Here [at the Mark I Competition], it really hit me just how true those discussions were. I networked a lot!”, said Rubby.
From early mornings (students participate in daily morning excercise) to long nights (students are charged with finiahing daily tasks), the Mark I program was an excellent opportunity to shine as an incoming WesGold Fellow and developing younfg professional. Thank You WPFSI for a wonderful opportunity”
-Dacie F. (WesGold Fellows 2009)