Thanks to J.P. Morgan, twenty young women scholars received the opportunity to attend a day-long career workshop and purchase a professional outfit.
When Philadelphia Futures’ mentor Rachael Ferraro recognized the importance of career readiness programming for young women, particularly women of color, she and her Sponsor-A-Scholar mentee brainstormed ideas of how to meet this critical need. Rachael and her colleague Mary DiMartino then got to work turning the ideas into reality.
On Tuesday, November 7, the Philadelphia Futures young women scholars traveled to the first ever Young Women Rising (YWR) Career Day at J.P. Morgan. Thanks to the help of over twenty J.P. Morgan professionals, the scholars listened to a panel about careers in finance, presented their elevator speeches, learned how to develop a budget for their first semester of college, received financial literacy tips, and practiced networking at a working lunch.
To prepare for Career Day, the young women scholars participated in a variety of career workshops, organized by Philadelphia Futures staff members and former J.P. Morgan employee and current Board Member Ann Semmer. The workshops focused on topics such as how to make a great first impression and crafting elevator speeches.
In addition to organizing and hosting the day-long workshop, J.P. Morgan also provided funding so that each young women scholar in attendance could purchase a professional outfit to wear to YWR Career Day, as well as upcoming interviews.
“Philadelphia Futures is thrilled to partner with J.P. Morgan in ensuring our young women scholars receive the critical tools and resources for college and career success,” said Philadelphia Futures’ Executive Director Sara Woods. “We are extremely grateful to Mary, Rachael, Ann, and the entire Philadelphia Market Leadership Team at J.P. Morgan for their generosity and support in making this impactful day happen.”