On February 13th, we welcomed more than 100 guests to Loomis Sayles in Boston for our 2018 Corporate Mentoring Summit. It was a great opportunity to share the many ways that businesses and youth-serving organizations are partnering to support young people. We also recognized individuals from Massachusetts companies for their ongoing commitment to providing opportunities for youth to get support from adults.
Deb Lawrence from Bank of America (and a member MMP's board) presented Excellence in Empowering Youth Adult Relationship awards to Anne Bowie from WilmerHale, Emily Cislo from Raytheon and Andrew Miller from Avidia Bank. They were chosen from many nominations as tremendous examples of how individuals can make a difference.
Special thanks to keynote speaker Jim Rooney, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. He shared his views on the importance of caring adults and businesses to help steward the next generation of workers to grow the Massachusetts economy. He also talked about the mentors he had as a young person and how they gave him a perspective on life outside of his own neighborhood.
Thank you to Loomis Sayles for hosting this event. We were honored to have Meg Clough, Director of Community Investments at Loomis Sayles, welcome attendees as well as participate in our panel discussion.
Carolyn Jones, Publisher of the Boston Business Journal, facilitated a discussion featuring three business/nonprofit partnerships that are working to provide college and career readiness opportunities for youth. Attendees learned about the partnership between Loomis Sayles and Summer Search in Boston that's placing Summer Search youth at Loomis Sayles as interns, giving them opportunities to get support from Loomis staff. We also heard about how the Compliance Mentor Group, Walsh Construction and Harvard Business School are working together to help place high school youth in construction apprentice positions. And we learned how Raytheon is working with Family Services of the Merrimack Valley's Stand and Deliver program to give youth in Lawrence the chance to receive STEM tutoring from Raytheon employees.
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in this event. It was great to see so many terrific partnerships happening to support young people and strengthen our communities!