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Lawyer Edward Wicks and non-profit executive Leslie Fletcher speak to the 5th grade class

On Wednesday, February 25, 14 presenters — representing a diversity of backgrounds and careers including electricians, lawyers, business owners and more — took part in St. James School’s first Career Day.

In keeping with the school’s celebration of Black History Month with a focus on introducing students to role models of color, black professionals were especially encouraged to participate. Many participants had a special connection to St. James School, including: Charisma Warrick, a student’s mother; Julian Dimery, husband of principal Laura Dimery; Emilio Mignucci of Di Bruno Bros., one of St. James School’s corporate partners; and Calvin Seaton, the school’s electrician. There were also many guests who were brand new to the school. Students had the opportunity to ask questions during three different career panel sessions and learn some hands-on skills in small groups about different career paths. It was a special day of that inspired students with new dreams for their careers.

Special thanks to our presenters:

  • Edward Wicks, Lawyer
  • Leslie Fletcher, Director of Volunteer Administration – Red Cross
  • Kyron Banks, Aide to Mayor Nutter
  • Rev. Regina Goodrich, Pastor, Mediator Lutheran Church
  • Norman Matlock, Lawyer
  • Emilio Mignucci, Owner and Vice President, Di Bruno Bros.
  • Mark Wilson, Executive Director, COLOURS (non-profit organization)
  • Jamaal Ford, Educator
  • Charisma Warrick, Business Owner
  • Kevin Nowak, Architect
  • Julian Dimery, Global Sales Director, TransPerfect
  • Calvin Seaton, Electrician
  • Karen Vaughn, Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
  • Dr. Ojoma Edeh, Activist and Professor