Giving trees. Toy collections. Winter coat drives. All were mainstay ways to give back during the holidays.
When Linda Dulye, DLE Founder and President of Dulye & Co. consultancy, was asked earlier this fall to be an inaugural mentor for the Berkshire E-Talent Accelerator (BETA), an experimental STEM program, she quickly recognized the opportunity to forge a bond with the DLE.
“It was an opportunity for these talented teens, who have earned a seat in this remarkable learning immersion, to hear about career ownership and the importance of communication skills and networking in creating job opportunities,” Linda recalls.
The 19 BETA participants attending Linda’s session on Nov. 10, titled “How to Make Great First and Lasting Impressions,” received a double bonus, with an interactive session about career transitions featuring DLE Advisory Board Members Marcus Coleman and Anna Worley. Launched in October at the Berkshire Innovation Center in Pittsfield, MA, BETA is an experiential learning program for selected high school juniors, seniors and recent graduates with an interest in pursuing a career in technology or advanced manufacturing.
Both Marcus and Anna, who are in their twenties and not too far removed from their undergraduate college days, are advancing their careers in the Berkshires. Marcus is a Financial Service Representative at Raymond James and Anna works as a Systems Engineer at General Dynamics Mission Systems.
“Anna and Marcus instantly captivated these rising teen leaders with their personal stories of failing forward and actively seeking out opportunities to stretch and grow,” notes Linda.
“I was truly honored for these dynamic DLE Advisory Board members to join me, share their knowledge and energy, and advance the DLE’s mission of career ownership to these next-generation leaders whose curiosity and open-mindedness are admirable.”
The DLE received terrific recognition on the Berkshire Innovation Center’s social media. See for yourself on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.