2013 Youth Leadership: Economic Development/Career Day

The first event of the 2013-14 Madison County Youth Leadership program:
Economic Development/Career Day was held on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.
The opening breakfast, sponsored by Holmes Community College, was hosted in
the law offices of Adams & Reese in Ridgeland, MS. Twenty-four juniors
representing each of the public, private and parochial high schools in
Madison County were in attendance along with students representing New
Summit School in Jackson. College mentors Zachary Smith, Annie Andrews Abby
Wooley,and Haley Crenshaw representing Millsaps College, Belhaven
University, Tulane University and Holmes Community College accompanied the
students on the shuttle bus provided by Madison County Citizens Services
Agency and sponsored by IBM.

Paul Cunningham, Student Minister for Pinelake Church – Madison Campus, gave
the invocation. Keynote speakers for the breakfast were Tony Jeff,
President/CEO of Innovate MS and Joel Bomgar, Founder and CEO of Bomgar
Corporation. During the course of the day the students traveled to other
Madison County leading businesses and heard presentations by business
leaders on various career choices and educational curriculum required to
attain those careers. Some of the other businesses visited include Horne,
Mad Genius, Nissan North America and Embassy Suites Hotel. Madison River
Oaks Medical Center hosted the luncheon which was sponsored by Security

The Madison County Youth Leadership Program is sponsored by the Madison
County Business League (MCBL)and the Madison County Economic Development
Authority(MCEDA). Committee Chairman for this event was Amanda Fontaine,
Executive Director of the MS Burn Foundation. Other Committee members were
Dr. Don Burnham, Holmes Community College, and Pat McNulty, Security Ballew.

View more photos from the event.