There is no better indicator of the extent to which Ed has grown over the past couple years than the Career Development Conference. Through a robust partnership with the Rotary Club of Birmingham, what originally began as a one-day mock-interview event has grown into a five-year, multi-part curriculum on skills like entrepreneurship, interviewing, public speaking, and, now, networking. This Friday, we will host our first Career Development Conference of the 2015-2016 school year at The Club for over 300 10th-grade students in Birmingham City Schools. To help us put on a great show, we’ve enlisted the help of some of the regions’ most interesting professionals. Check out the line-up below.
Khadijah Abdullah grew up in Birmingham, attended Ramsay High School, and received her Bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University in Psychology and Biology. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law and briefly worked as a legal extern with Wal-Mart Corporate in their Real Estate Legal Department. In 2006, Khadijah joined Teach For America as a teacher in Baton Rouge, LA after Hurricane Katrina and taught high school science. During her time as a teacher she was named Teacher of the Year and went on to compete at the district level. She joined the Teach For America- Alabama team in 2012 and served as the Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development and transitioned into her current role in 2013 as the Executive Director. She is a committed and passionate advocate for educational equity. She serves on the boards for the YMCA Youth Center in Birmingham and the A + Education Partnership board
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Chanda Temple worked as a journalist for nearly 20 years before switching gears to public relations in 2012. For the past three years Ms. Temple has crafted numerous public relations campaigns that the public and media have noticed. Her latest success was coauthoring the Birmingham’s Best Bites cookbook. The paperback book sold out three times in late 2014 and earned an international gold medal award in 2015. Also in 2015, her public relations campaign for the book, and the Birmingham food festival it was connected to, won a first place state award in public relations and a national award in public relations. Follow her blog at chandatemplewrites.com and on Twitter at @chandatemple.