For the third annual Pullman Scholar Symposium, the foundation's staff asked me to deliver the keynote presentation. The symposium, held at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center on May 20, 2016, is an annual gathering of students and alumni that have benefited from the George M. Pullman Educational Foundation. The George M. Pullman Educational Foundation supports the dreams and aspirations of outstanding graduating high school students with merit-based, need-based scholarships and continuing educational support as they pursue their bachelor’s degree at the college or university of their choice. Below is the unabridged transcript for my address.
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday - oh yeah, and Thanksgiving, too! In 2012, there was a small concerted effort to start a "Giving Tuesday" effort. If you're on any social network, I'd be willing to bet you probably know what it is. If not, here's the short story...
Music has always been an instrumental aspect of my life. I cannot imagine a life without music. In 2007, I completed a dream to release an independent album. The album is titled Esperanza which translates to "Hope" in Spanish. The entire album is solely piano pieces composed, performed, and recorded by yours truly. I'm happy to share it on this website for all to listen to for free!
One afternoon in elementary school, all the students were called together in the school cafeteria for a special presentation. A man began speaking to us, "How many of you here plan to go to college someday?" All the hands in the room shot up. He snickered and said, "Okay, how many of you don't plan to go to college?" His eyes, shocked, turned to the one raised hand in the room: mine.