On November 7th, the Young Executives of Color Program (YEOC) held its second session of the 2009-2010 school year. November’s theme was Ethics and with the support of Ernst & Young, Jilberto Soto—a YEOC mentor—led an amazing day. After introducing students to the six pillars of ethics and sample frameworks, Jilberto started off the morning by asking students to create their own ethical mission statements. Creating statements allowed students to process the information as well as evaluate their own moral priorities. They then broke out into college prep groups for focus topics on UW admissions, planning for college, and academic success strategies.
Ernst & Young took center stage in the afternoon with presentations on resume building, negotiations, and ethics in the workplace. Students paired up and put their negotiation skills to the test – assuming the roles of a buyer and car salesperson. Teams were required to compromise on key issues with the ultimate goal of enlarging the pie for everyone involved. Some sellers drove a hard bargain though and buyers are still bitter today……. Ultimately the negotiation was a fun learning experience for students, showing them the importance of fair dealing and lifetime customers—if a seller wanted repeat sales—versus short term profits. How amazing is it that high school students can gain first hand experience with key business terms such as “distributive barganing” and “logrolling”?
The session concluded with announcement of team Femme Fatale Plus Deux as winners of October’s photographic scavenger hunt competition. Cleary the group to beat!
A big thanks to Jilberto our project lead for the session!!
Thanks also to EY contributors: Yhoni Keleta, Annie Graebner, and Robiel Isaac!
And our college prep presenters: Jennifer Rance, Toka Valu, and Pam Lacson
Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is is politic?’ Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But, conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right.
–Martin Luther King Jr.