As part of Saint Leo University’s ongoing experiential education program, six Pride Consulting students recently participated in the Junior Achievement Innovation and Technology Conference in Kingston, Jamaica. Pride Consulting is a student-managed consulting firm providing cost-effective services in a number of business disciplines to Tampa Bay area businesses and nonprofits. It has been in operation at University Campus for the past three years and is directed by John Lax, instructor of marketing.
This summer, five business majors and one elementary education major served as mentors at the conference held at the University of the West Indies. Lax supervised the group and served as a coach to various Jamaican high school students. The Saint Leo students presented three seminars in marketing communication, pitching, and branding. They also helped student attendees prepare and develop their business plans and served as conference videographers.
The Saint Leo attendees included: Luckson Abraham’16, marketing; Tim Dombrowski ’15, mathematics and accounting; Katherine Flores ’15, multimedia; Karen Hidalgo ’15, communication management; Dria Priebe ’17, education; and Tabatha Velloso ’16, communication management and marketing.
Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. During 2013-2014, Junior Achievement impacted more than 4.5 million U.S. students in more than 197,000 classrooms.
According to Lax, the Saint Leo students not only assisted with the conference but also imparted the message of the university’s core values to the high school students in attendance. “Junior Achievement in general, and this conference in particular, helps prepare high school students for college and the business world upon graduation,” said Lax. “These are the future leaders of Jamaica, and we felt privileged to participate in this conference.”
As an added bonus, the group met with alumnus Kevin Hendrickson ’79, who holds a BA in management with a minor in psychology from Saint Leo. Hendrickson owns several hotels in Jamaica. He discussed a number of topics, including the Jamaican economy, Junior Achievement’s contribution to the country, the country’s school system, and the various island attractions. He also asked the students about their career plans.