This was an amazing meeting, our guest speakers were Ms.Karen Parker and Mr. Ahmer Qasim.
Ms. Parker is the President & Chief Executive Officer at Safe Alliance in Charlotte, NC, which provides sexual assault and domestic violence services to over 12,000 people annually throughout Mecklenburg County and Lake Norman.
At Safe Alliance, Karen Parker oversees an agency budget of over $4.7 million and directs over 75 staff. Additionally she represents Safe Alliance through local, state and national activities and serves as the organization’s lead decision maker and spokesperson. She also participates on a number of state and local committees focusing on policy development and advocacy. In 2009 she was appointed by Governor Beverly Perdue to chair the North Carolina Domestic Violence Commission. Karen is also a member of the board of directors of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Forensic Medicine Program and is the past board co-chair of the North Carolina Coalition against Domestic Violence.
Ms. Parker graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with concentrations in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She also holds a Master’s degree in Urban Studies with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta and has been employed with a number of nonprofit and government organizations in North Carolina, Georgia and Texas.
The content of her presentation focused on motivating Champers to follow their hearts while choosing a career. Ms. Parker followed her heart when she felt like she needed to do something for people that have suffered from domestic violence and sexual assault. Her responsibilities and accomplishments throughout her professional path have been extraordinary because her work makes her happy and has found meaning in helping others. Champers asked questions about careers in non-profit organizations, strengths they needed to harvest and educational resources.
Mr Ahmer Qasim is a Senior Director, at Flex, a leading sketch-to-scale™ solutions company that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world. With more than 200,000 professionals across 30 countries and a promise to help the world Live smarter™, the company provides innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services to companies of all sizes in various industries and end-markets.
Mr. Qasim is a recognized visionary leader in the area of technology manufacturing and innovation. He is an accomplished executive with a broad business acumen in the management of domestic and global business operations and Fortune 500 entities. He is an expert in the fields of Operations Management, Strategic Business Planning, Revenue Growth and Performace Improvement.
During his carreer, Mr. Qasim has leveraged expertise in business excellence, lean manufacturing, change management and process optimization. He has proven many times his ability to increase revenues and profitability. While in leadership positions, he has excelled in reducing costs and streamlining workflow to grow revenue and execute organizational solutions. With a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and two Master's degrees in Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Management, Ahmer Qasim will inspire our Champers on how education and ingenuity combined with perserverance can help them accomplish a very succesful carreer.
The content of his presentation was aimed at motivating our Champers to seek for careers in the engineering and manufacturing fields. He talked to them about his experiences with diverse cultures, the uniqueness of the products he has helped developed and the many strengths he has developed throughout his career in working for a big manufacturing firm worldwide. Everyone in the room expressed their interest in learning more about technology, the advancements in the field and the best way for young professionals to acquire more knowledge about the options available to them when the time comes to join this advanced workforce.
Soft Skill Activity: Guided Imagery "Visualizing What Success Looks Like for You"
The soft skill development activity chosen for this meeting was aimed at helping Champers visualize the ideal career for each one of them. Through guided meditation, each person in the room became aware of their thoughts while visualizing an ideal day and professional routine. Then they were asked to reflect on that and write a paragraph to describe it.
It was very interesting for the Champer that attended this session to split in groups and discuss their discovery. This exercise was very successfull in defining their goals and with the help of facilitators present during and after the meditation they could discuss steps to accomplish their dream.