On February 11, the GMI Center in Fullerton, California was abuzz with excitement! Over 1,000 Elite students and parents gathered to be inspired and informed at the very first Elite Vision Conference.
Prior to the conference, students completed assessment tests to determine their own personality types, learning styles, and predominant modes of intelligence. Armed with this self-knowledge, attendees heard from keynote speaker and General Manager of CRT/Tanaka, Craig Rexroad, who discussed the importance of following your true passion in life. Elite Instructor Ethan Sawyer helped illuminate the important connections between identity and career choice, and Elite alumna and Harvard student Amanda Nguyen presented on how to make the most of your college experience.
Students and parents also participated in Q&A sessions with professional panelists who gave an inside look at a variety of vocations. Panelists included:
Jeff Lee - Graphic Designer and Marketing Coordinator, Anaheim Angels
Jamie Cho, CPA - Senior Financial Reporting Analyst, Beckman Coulter, Inc.
Courtney Thurman - President and CEO, SmallWerks, Inc.
Steven Puri - VP of Development and Production, 20th Century Fox
Ryan Maldonado - Independent Screen and TV Writer
John Gill, Ph.D - Jet Propulsion Laboratory Researcher, NASA/JPL
Jong Gill, Ph.D - Principal Scientist, St. Jude Hospital
Janice Peterson - Principal, Cerritos High School
Dot Plukas - Teacher, Fairburn Elementary School
Captain Tony Lee - Police Officer, Beverly Hills Police Department
Timothy Saito, JD - LA Superior Court Judge
Thomas Lee, DDS - Leading Edge Dental
Tae Kim, MD - UCLA Harbor Medical Center
Julea Douglass, Ph.D - Associate Director and Co-Author, School-Connect
Julie Lee - Acting Ass't Regional Administrator, LA County Dept. of Children and Family Services
"We're really excited about how our first EVC turned out,” said Elite Curriculum Project Manager Hanah Moon, “Our students discovered a lot about themselves, and I know that some are considering careers they had never thought of before."
Check out some photos from the first Elite Vision Conference: