On Thursday, September 26th, Bishop McNamara High School began its official partnership with The Rising Leaders Forum (RLF) at Booz Allen Hamilton by hosting the High School Speaker Series in the Proctor Leadership Room. The purpose of the Speaker Series is to connect Bishop McNamara students with Booz Allen employees who share their personal and professional stories, journeys, and big ideas in hopes of supporting and inspiring the next generation of leaders. Booz Allen is a management and technology consulting firm based in McLean, Virginia with over 80 offices around the globe. It is Booz Allen’s goal to bring bold thinking and a desire to be the best in their work in consulting, analytics, digital solutions, engineering, and cyber, and with industries ranging from defense to health to energy to international development.
The first speaker in the series was Ms. Caitlin Penley, an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, who is a native of Redwood City, California and who has lived in five other states throughout the course of her youth and career. A graduate of Falmouth High School in Falmouth, Massachusetts and the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, Caitlin talked about her experience in varsity athletics in both high school and college, as well as career experience in applied science, research and analytics, naval science, and as a professional chef that made her an entrepreneur. Ms. Penley’s talk focused on how her work for Booz Allen Hamilton serves the Navy and Marine Corps as well as international military partners, but, as important, she discussed how her career focuses on service to local and national communities through her deep understanding of collaboration, communication, and operations management, and a passion for food system sustainability.
The High School Speaker Series is a monthly event where a member of the RLF at Booz Allen will host a group of Bishop McNamara students and facilitate a topic-based discussion about their professional experiences. Each conversation is curated to be relevant, thoughtful, and engaging with ranging topics to reach a diverse group of students. The goal of the series is to create a space for open and honest conversation about successes and challenges, the road to and through college, and how time in high school can prepare anyone for an innovative career of their dreams. Each event will take place in a 45-minute, small group format, with time for introductions, storytelling, discussion, and questions. The first group of Bishop McNamara students chosen to attend the High School Speaker Series were Project PRIDE and Middleton Scholars.
Student attendees are selected by BMHS staff, but these events are open to all Bishop McNamara students interested in enhancing their social, academic, and professional development. Future program dates include: 10/10/19, 11/14/19, 12/12/19, 2/13/20, 3/12/20, 4/9/20, 5/14/20. For more information about this special and unique partnership, please contact Mr. Brian Brower, Director of Student Activities at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the end of the program, the aim for Bishop McNamara students is to have had the opportunity for them to think strategically about their post graduate steps, their creative passions, and potential challenges, so they are better prepared to thrive, thus furthering our vision to form empowered leaders, inspired by the Gospel, who transform the world.