With an interest in better preparing college students with talent and leadership development opportunities, Opportunity Greensboro continues to provide college and university students in Greensboro, North Carolina, with special opportunities to advance their professional skills, boost their resumes, network with industry leaders, and gain experience in their career field of interest. Opportunity Greensboro fellows benefit from tailored mentorship relationships with local leaders, world-class leadership programming through CCL, and social activities around the city.

Through the Leonard Kaplan Leadership Institute — a 2-day world-class leadership training program — we trained 60 students from Bennett College, Elon University, Greensboro College, Guilford Technical Community College, Guilford College, North Carolina A&T State University, and UNC Greensboro for the second year in a row. At CCL, fellows learned to identify essential elements of leadership development and what drives it as well as how to create a leadership brand and set goals for their respective internships.

The program covered topics from mental models to social identity, Situation-Behavior-Impact (SBI) feedback, emotional intelligence, and other components of our trainings typically reserved for high-powered nonprofit and corporate leaders. What’s more, these students heard from our President & CEO John R. Ryan as well as VF Corporation’s Vice President of Global Talent Management Ron Lawrence.

Opportunity Greensboro focuses on marketing, common programs, entrepreneurship, and K-12 education to leverage academic strengths. Funding for the Opportunity Greensboro Fellow’s Program is provided by member organizations and local foundations. Special thanks to the Leonard Kaplan Leadership Institute for its commitment to providing world-class leadership training, through CCL to Opportunity Greensboro fellows.

This summer a wide array of organizations offered internships through the program, including Lincoln Financial Group, VF Corporation, Syngenta, TEKsystems, Machine Specialties, Inc., Northwestern Mutual, Secure Designs, Inc., Charles Aris Inc., the city of Greensboro, Cone Health, the Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball team, RLF Communications, Pace Communications, ITG Brands LLC, Samet Corporation, United Way, and Say Yes Guilford.

Opportunity Greensboro, an initiative of Action Greensboro, is a group of business and higher education leaders who are working to develop stronger connections between businesses and institutions of higher education. Through this national model of collaboration, opportunities to transform educational assets into commercial success abound, creating a competitive advantage for business growth in the city.

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