Let’s Get Ready to Network!

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.

UntitledKhadijah Abdullah, Executive Director, Teach For America – Alabama

Keynote speaker
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

Ricks Headshot 2015Dr. JaNelle M. Ricks, research fellow, Emory University
“Dining Etiquette: Just the Basics”
JanNelle is a postdoctoral research and teaching fellow in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, Georgia. Funded by the NIH Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (K12), her work focuses on sexual health issues and HIV prevention among African American and Black adolescents and young adults. She also teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Emory and teaches and mentors students at Spelman College.
CTemple1-3-3Chanda Temple, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, Birmingham City Schools

“Perfect Pitch: How to Get People to Notice You and Take You Seriously”
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.

UntitledC. Rene’ Washington, Certified Professional Coach, CReneCoach
“Let’s Get Coffee”
René Washington is a Certified Professional Coach and owner of CReneCoach, a life-coaching practice specializing in coaching highly motivated women to achieve their personal and career goals. She honed her excellent coaching skills during a 27-year career with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama in various roles including Team Leader, Claims Manager, Recruiter, and Manager of Management Development. It was in this last position that she solidified her stellar reputation as the go-to resource for coaching people to excel in place, make smooth career transitions, or deal with the reality of being in the wrong role. Wanting the freedom of choosing her clients, she said goodbye to corporate life, started her business, and is passionately excited about the successes of the dynamic women she coaches. She has coaching certifications from Business Coach U., Fowler-Wainwright, and Martha Beck, Inc. C. René resides in Birmingham, AL and when not working can be found city-hiking with her husband, traveling, or reading something fabulous. She can be contacted at CReneCoach@gmail.com.

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