Fort Bend ISD’s Gifted and Talented (G/T) Mentorship Program coordinators invited eight business leaders from the Fort Bend and Houston communities to serve on a professional panel to meet with members of the 2013-2014 Gifted/Talented Mentorship Class and share their prespectives regarding college, career paths, goal-setting and other topics. The annual event gives the GT Mentorship students an opportunity to sharpen their communication skills, while networking with experts.
The 2013-2014 Mentorship Students and their mentorship focus are:
• Danielle Fournier, Kempner High School – Pediatric Obesity
• Nicholas Grieger, Elkins High School – Chemistry/Materials
• Rahul Gupta, Elkins High School – Physics
• Yordanos Haile, Kempner High School – Chemistry and Vector Therapies
• Shawn Jacob, Hightower High School – Alzheimer’s Disease Neurology
• Sanjana Jhaveri, Clements High School – Business/Journalism
• Nicholos Joseph, Austin High School – Brain Tumors
• Rohan Kondetimmanahalli, Austin High School – Risk Management
• Shreya Mandal, Hightower High School – Oncology and Type II Diabetes
• Kartika Upadhyaya, Clements High School – Epilepsy/Neurology
• Grant Zhao, Clements High School – Patterns of Obesity
Serving on the professional panel were Mike Goodrum, Public Works Director, City of Sugar Land; Carlos Camacho, Managing Director, Jacobs Consultant; John Healey, Fort Bend County District Attorney; Patricia Pollicoff, Public Communications Director, City of Sugar Land; Kolbe Curtice, Colliers Real Estate; David Sackett, Fluor Corporation; Jonathan Welch, Dyamos; Kyle O’Connor Duffy, Recruiter, Elmsmere Associates, Inc.
Naomi Brown, GT Mentorship Instructor, facilitated the event. After introductions, the panel guests took part in a Question/Answer session to offer expert advice on college and career topics.
When speaking on college planning, Patricia Pollicoff, Public Communications Director, City of Sugar Land, advised students to have a backup plan. “I began college as a Pre-Med major, but took a different path later on because I loved to write,” said Pollicoff. “I encourage you to have backup a plan in case your interests change, as they often do.”
Kolbe Curtice of Colliers Real Estate reminded students of the importance of developing their communication skills. “In establishing relationships with clients, college professors and others, it’s important to communicate effectively, whether through email, when texting, or when meeting face-to-face,” said Curtice.
The GT Mentorship Program appreciates the support and encouragement provided by the panel of experts.