The Episcopal School in North Philadelphia

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Career Day 2018 brought an impressive roster of professionals of color to our campus for presentations and lively Q&A sessions with students. The volunteers who came to share their personal career stories made an important contribution to our celebration of Black History Month: allowing our students to see themselves reflected in black professionals who had career goals and persevered on the path to those goals.


Marcus Allen, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Independence Region stressed the importance of developing strong relationships with teachers and getting involved in enrichment activities as a vital component of becoming a future leader; welcoming invitations and opportunities to be put in positions of leadership.

Dr. Crystal Lauderdale, Veterinarian Physician, Mt. Airy Animal Hospital, spoke to students about the importance of good grades, and getting advanced training or education in today’s competitive world.

Ashley Brewer, Income Maintenance Caseworker, PA Department of Human Services, communicated that sometimes plan A doesn’t work out due to unforeseen obstacles and that it’s important to be adaptable to trying something different even if it’s midway in the journey to completing personal and/or professional goals.

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Black History Month 2018 Career Day Participants

Adrienne Simpson
Marketing Manager
Comcast Corporation

Sean Smith, Sr.
Engineer and President
SmithCo Engineering Group, Inc.

Dr. Crystal Lauderdale
Veterinary Physician
Mt. Airy Animal Hospital

Cristal Williams
Chef Mentor
Vetri Community Partnership

Dr. Chiduzie Madubata
Hahnemann University Hospital

Joi Spraggins
STEM Educator
President, Legacy Pathways

Tiffany Holmes
Principal, Clymer Elementary
Mastery Charter Schools

Wiley Redding
Law Enforcement Officer (retired)
Philadelphia Police Department

Monique Major, PhD
Howard University

Adam Northam
Human Resources/ Recruitment
School District of Philadelphia

Troy D. Richardson
Assistant Vice President
BB&T Bank

Marcus Allen
Big Brothers Big Sisters, Independence Region

Marc Coleman
President & CEO
The Tactile Group

Aldustus Jordan
Sr. VP & NE Community Relations Manager
Wells Fargo Bank

Rhonda Willingham
President & Founder

The Rev. Jo Ann Jones
 Associate Rector
Church of the Redeemer

Tonya Horton
Vice President and Educational Consultant

Ashley Brewer
Income Maintenance Caseworker
PA Dept. of Human Services

Maceo Hood
Human Resources Manager
BEBASHI – Transition to Hope

Gregory Davis
Vertex Financial Advisors

Jovan Weaver
Principal, Wister
Mastery Charter Schools

Samantha R. Lyons, Esq.
Attorney and Business Owner
Grace & River Strategies