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Speaker Series Concludes with Panel Discussion

For the last session of the school district’s four-part speaker series, local business people and high school students will lead an interactive discussion on the skills today’s high school students will need to succeed in the workforce.

There’s still a chance to pick up valuable career success tips at the’s 2011 Speaker Series, “The Skills and Ethics Needed for the Success in the 21st Century.”

The final session, “The Next Generation Workforce – What Does it Take to Get a Great Job?” will be held on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Theater.

The event, which is a partnership presentation with the , will feature a panel of local business people and students representing each of the district’s high schools.

Participating local business professionals are Chevron Corporation College Recruiting Counselor Patti Doherty, Division Director for Robert Half Management Resources Gary Leach, ENGEO Director of Business Development Catherine Lewis and AT&T Area Manager of External Affairs Ken Mintz.

The panel’s five high school student participants are Cal High senior , Cal High junior , Dougherty Valley High School senior Jega Vigneshwaran, Monte Vista High School senior Shaun Chaudhuri and San Ramon Valley High School senior Dana Wilke.

MassMutual Managing Associate Jane Louie, who helped organize the event on behalf of the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce, said she hopes the panelists can teach audience members how to successfully prepare for the working world.

“As a volunteer leader of Job Connections, a local job network organization, I help many people with their career transitions, and I see a lot of companies looking for skilled, experienced people with leadership skills and right attitudes,” Louie said. “Too many people out of school are being overlooked because they may lack some of the qualities and are harder to train.”

Louie said the audience can expect an interactive event complete with a Q&A session. Panelists plan to discuss topics such as students’ perceptions of necessary post-high school skills, the skill sets workers will need in the next five to six years, how applicants can market themselves to employers and what educators, parents and community groups can do to help high school students succeed in the future.

“We need to develop the next generation workforce earlier in high school so they have time to learn, explore, intern, get experience, develop skills, refine them in college, expand their internships and develop a stellar resume to get a great job,” Louie said.

The California High School Theater is at 9870 Broadmoor Drive, in San Ramon.

Event registration is required through EventBrite. Tickets are free, but donations benefiting the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation are accepted.

For more information or to register, click here.

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