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Career Conversations

When we help students visualize the future, we open them up to a world of possibilities. More than ever, students need opportunities to interact with our rich and diverse business community and connect their passions, skills, and studies to real career pathways.

Career Conversations, presented by our Partners in Education, connects employers and students digitally through a new and growing online library of video interviews with professionals from a variety of jobs and industries.

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Career Conversations are grouped by occupation below. Click to view full playlist on YouTube.


INSURANCE

STACI HOWELL
INSURANCE AGENT, STATE FARM

Staci thought she was on the path to athletic training when she learned needles and blood were not for her. An internship and an experienced mentor were instrumental components of her career journey. Find out how she shifted to eventually earning an MBA and setting up a thriving State Farm agency in Waxhaw.


MEDICAL

HOLLI BREEDEN
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR, ATRIUM HEALTH UNION

Holli grew up with a mom who was a nurse so she felt comfortable in the healthcare setting. In her words “we are always going to need healthcare so I decided this would be a stable career.” Watch to find out how she found her niche within healthcare and faced ups and downs.


FINANCIAL PLANNING

BRET ALEXANDER
FINANCIAL ADVISOR, MASS MUTUAL

How do you go from Criminal Justice and Prison Program Director to Financial Advisor? Hard work, studying and getting up at 4 am is the answer! Bret took his passion for building relationships and helping people into an arena where he could also operate like a small business owner.


ENTREPRENEUR

MICHAEL REDDINGTON
PRESIDENT, INQUASIVE

Special Education Teacher and Baseball Coach were his future plans until he ended up in a career he didn’t know existed. He chased opportunities he was blessed to be given and he reminds students to never forget who helped you get here.


LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

BRUCE GRESHAM
SENIOR STRATEGIC ADVISOR, APPLIED VISION WORKS

From sports writer to corporate business leader and relationship builder because of the invitation of a family friend. Can you imagine being in charge of 1000 people and a 400 million dollar budget? Bruce can! Watch to find out what he does now.


SMALL BUSINESS OWNER

JEWEL WIESINGER
CENTER DIRECTOR, HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER WEDDINGTON

Our favorite lines from her Career Conversation: “I’m not where I thought I would be, but it can’t get any better!” and “Just when you think things aren’t going your way you become an Alternate!”


MARKETING AND SALES

LISA THOMAS
NC ACCOUNT REPRESENTATIVE, SCHOLASTIC

Sun Valley High School Alum Lisa Thomas, thought she wanted to be Barbara Walters! She switched majors, switched colleges, and landed very close to home. Watch to find out where!


LAW

ELLIE BRAGG
PARTNER, LEITNER, BRAGG & GRIFFIN

After her dad said, “Don’t go into law” she tried her hand in the medical field, but the verdict was becoming an attorney. Monroe High alum, Ellie Bragg talks about coming back home to help the people in her community.


TECHNOLOGY

ADAM WEHLER
DIRECTOR OF PRACTICE TECHNOLOGY, ROBINSON BRADSHAW

Adam encourages young people to embrace chaos! In other words, don’t be afraid of career paths that change and change and change! As the Director of Practice Technology Adam helps Robinson Bradshaw have the best tools possible to support the work of the attorneys.


BANKING

AMANDA CAMERON
VICE-PRESIDENT, FIRST CITIZENS

Parkwood High Alum, Amanda Cameron, helps businesses have all the banking tools they need to run successfully. Her passion for learning and her drive to be better took her from full-time at a grocery store to bank Vice President!


ENTREPRENEUR

KELLY BARNHARDT
OWNER, COLLEGE ADMISSIONS STRATEGIES

Kelly calls herself as a “Solopreneur” as the owner of College Admissions Strategies. She shares that students shouldn’t worry if their path isn’t straight and narrow and she highly suggests having a job in high school. Learning to communicate with all types of people is a must-have skill in Kelly’s book.


FINANCIAL PLANNING

RICK CROFFUT
FINANCIAL ADVISOR, EDWARD JONES

Rick has a background in education and decided to educate people through financial advising. He loves the autonomy of his career path and the freedom to volunteer in the community. He also loves helping people fulfill their dreams for the future!


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