Shane Seessengood - One of the things I’m most thankful for in the CEO program is the opportunity I get to learn more about my community and the businesses in it. The local businesses have been extraordinary in supporting the program and teaching us about how their business operates. I really enjoy being able to learn from the business owners and touring their facilities. I have learned so many different things about leadership and soft skills from these tours, guest speakers, board members, fellow CEO members, and mentors. I feel the things that I have learned will help me with my own business and in my future endeavors.

Taralyn Taylor - This class has given me so much to be thankful for, but the thing I have been the most grateful for is the opportunity to go visit local businesses and talk to people from all different walks of life! I have learned so much from each and every one of the speakers we’ve had and tours we’ve got the privilege of going on. With every tour we’ve been on, I’ve learned something new about the community I live in, and with every guest speaker, I’ve gotten so much great advice to use moving forward in this class. The things I’ve learned will be so helpful for life beyond high school and the CEO program! One person in particular that I want to thank is Andi Pampe, my mentor, for being so kind and supportive of me as I move through this class! She has always been willing to listen or lend a helping hand, and she is one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met. I couldn’t have asked for a better program to be involved in, or a better mentor to help guide me. Thank you to all the guest speakers and businesses who have taken the time to teach us all so many valuable lessons!

Drew Walters - CEO has been a great experience for me thus far, and I have much to be thankful for! The part of CEO that I am most thankful for is the opportunity to meet and learn from people who are much wiser than myself. The support of Doug Manley as my mentor, the CEO board, and all of our incredible guest speakers has been so valuable to me. I am especially grateful for all of the love and support that we have collectively received as we have progressed through the program. Through all of our speakers and business tours, this program has helped me to see my hometown in a new light. It is obvious to me that everyone who has helped us truly cares about us, our futures, and the future of our community.

Emma Weidner - I am thankful for many things in my life, but specifically I am thankful for CEO and the opportunities it has presented in such a short time. I am overwhelmed by the number of people who support the program and me. I am extremely appreciative of how supportive the board and my mentors, Angel and Allyson Padilla, have been of my business, Daisies and Denim Boutique. The CEO program and operating my own business has really opened my eyes to the real world at such a young age. Again, I’m extremely thankful for all the opportunities and experiences offered through CEO and the amazing support from the entire community.

Travis Wilke - My experience in CEO that I am most thankful for is the time spent with community leaders. Countless individuals have given parts of their day to us as we develop into better leaders throughout our time in the program. Our facilitator, board members, and mentors have worked with us in many situations, in which they are willing to provide valuable feedback that has helped lead us to the success we have achieved. We have learned from great individuals, and the time commitments they make rival those of the students who benefit from their involvement. Perhaps less noticed, however, are the associates of local businesses who work with us and give us real-world experience. These professionals in our community have heard from us as we take a few moments to call about selling opportunities or ask questions during tours. They have graciously taken breaks from their jobs and given us opportunities to learn from their years of experience. Looking back at August when I started my time in CEO, I had no idea the number of people who would have such a high level of respect for the program that they would be willing to address us in a group setting or even one-on-one. Whether they have realized it or not, these moments with local leaders help make the CEO experience one that I am thankful to say I have begun. Going forward, I hope to never lose the gratitude for the time people take out of their daily schedules to help us within the CEO program.


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