2012 Reaching For The Stars honors six young leaders
The 2012 Reaching For The Stars Program Recognition Ceremony honoring the Leaders for the Future and Rockdale Elementary School honor roll students is at 9 a.m., May 23, at Rockdale Elementary School on Rockdale Avenue in Avondale.
The 2012 Reaching for the Stars Leaders are: Kobie A. Smith, Assistant Director of Development, for The Christ Hospital Foundation; Eileen G. Turner, Manager at Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services; Robert Pulliam, Medical Student at University Hospital; Shamekko Early, Marketing at The Cincinnati Enquirer; Ron L. Gladden, Doctoral Student and Cincinnati State Instructor; and Rev. Paul Booth, Jr., Future Owner-in-training for McDonalds’ Restaurants.
“We take great pleasure in identifying, saluting, and creating awareness of young leaders 30 years of age and under in the African American community whose outstanding achievements have catapulted them to the forefront of their fields of endeavor early in their career. These emerging leaders epitomize excellence in character, service, and professional achievement,’’ Elliott said.
The Reaching for the Stars Program creates a linkage and scaffold for these young aspirants with established and accomplished leaders in their professions and in the community, Elliott said. Through purposeful mentoring interactions initiated by the program, the younger counterparts gain and share insights and strategies to facilitate the breaking of the proverbial “glass ceiling” which often impedes career progression for even the best and brightest in the African American community.
Another important program goal is to encourage retention of “the best and brightest” young talent in Cincinnati, she said.
“Propelled by their innate talents, lofty goals, and the encouragement of inspiring role models, these emerging leaders can soar in Cincinnati as they continue to fulfill their highest potential and . . . ‘Reach for the Stars,’ she said.