On August 9th, 2013, Wells Fargo hosted its Annual Hire LA’s Youth Intern Networking Luncheon and Panel Presentation in downtown Los Angeles. Below, Intern Ryan Alphonso talks about his career goals, his assignments, and his experience working for Wells Fargo’s Pacific Coast Regional President.
In attendance were 11 current and 12 former interns (2006-2012), pursuing careers in financial services, economics, business administration, social enterprise, law, public policy, political science, psychology, photojournalism, Chicano, Women and Gender Studies, theatre and corporate communications.
Abigail Marquez, Associate Director of Education and Workforce Development of the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, thanked Wells Fargo for its continuous support of the City’s youth employment initiatives. Wells Fargo Senior Vice Presidents Byron Reed and Ken Sofge delivered welcoming remarks, and Community Relations Vice President, Roy Jasso, facilitated the panel discussion.
“Wells Fargo responded to the City’s call to “Hire LA’s Youth” by developing a unique pilot program that combines supervised work experience with professional development training. Today, 114 highly motivated future leaders who share a passion for public service have participated in this intensive learning experience that offers an opportunity to establish life-long relationships with Mentors as well as a network of peer professionals,” said Shelley Wax, Consultant to Wells Fargo’s HLAY Program.
Esteemed panelists included Mr. David Crippins, WIB Youth Council Chair; Mr. Michael Dolphin, WIB Veterans Employment and Training Services Committee Chair; Ms. Josefa Salinas, On-Air Personality; Mr. Kadar Lewis, Director, Magic Johnson Foundation Taylor Michaels Scholars Program; Mr. Brandon Shamim, Business Leader and President/Beacon Management Group; Mr. Tom Anderson, Director, Talent Acquisition & Workforce Development, Anderson HR Consultants; and Ms. Olivia Mitchell, Deputy Chief Grants Administrator for the City’s Housing and Community Investment Department, who spoke about her personal experience in the foster care system and encouraged the young people in the audience to rise above adversity.
Wells Fargo has the distinction of being one of the founding corporate partners of HIRE LA’s Youth Initiative, established in 2006.