Greg Weingast, Higher Achievement DC Metro President’s Council member and Executive Vice President at Archstone, believes that Higher Achievement builds future leaders. He and his team at Archstone recently collaborated with Higher Achievement staff to develop the Inaugural Leadership Institute in Alexandria.
The Alexandria Leadership Institute is a mini-conference designed to help scholars develop the skills necessary to be an effective and ethical leader in the workplace. By exposing scholars to career opportunities and the skills it takes to thrive, this conference emboldened scholars to be advocates for their own educational and professional development.
Three Archstone employees participated as speakers for the conference, including Steve Bozek, Ammanuel Metta, and Rebecca Snyder who is a product of Alexandria City Public Schools. In addition to the three Archstone speakers, seven volunteer mentors from the Alexandria Achievement Center led the business-casual dressed scholars in discussions about topics on “Dream-Sculpting” and “The Ethics of Leadership.” Scholars grappled with current, local topics in the picturesque Archstone waterfront board room such as the Alexandria Waterfront debate (also discussed on NPR’s Kojo Nnamdi show).
At the end of the night, scholars were filled with questions: “what career path is best for me?” and “what makes a good resume?” Wasting no time putting leadership lessons to action, eighth grade scholar Mickayla has already emailed Rebecca about the possibility of a future job at Archstone.