B.E.S.T. and the Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute

March 4, 2015

On Saturday, February 28th, as part of the Molly Hathaway Young Women’s and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Programs, 43 Upper School B.E.S.T. students and 17 additional Upper School students participated in a session of the Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute (GBALI) entitled:“Careers and Entrepreneurship: Learning How to Use Your Gifts to Pursue Your Passions.”

The morning began with an interactive personality quiz to help the students figure out whether they are people-focused, action-focused or information-focused. They used this information to then determine what kind of career options they could explore. After the GBALI Directors shared their own professional backgrounds with the students, they discussed the components of Entrepreneurship, including business principles, assessing market need, and the importance of creating a product using human empathy. During the program, students enjoyed working in small groups, learning about case studies and spending time networking with each other. Ebony, a B.E.S.T. Senior at Maryvale commented that this workshop “helped me to realize that I am not an information-based person and the things I learned today will influence the ways I will motivate myself in my career in medicine.”

Congratulations to GBALI who is celebrating their 10 year anniversary. This year, B.E.S.T. has 13 students as part of the GBALI cohort of 30 students that meets each Saturday, fall through spring.

A special thank you to the Co-Directors of GBALI for your continued partnership with B.E.S.T. and for including so many B.E.S.T. students in Saturday’s program:

Terrence Whitehead, Gilman School, Class of 1995
Karlo Young, Gilman School, Class of 1997
Kellee Gonzalez, McDonogh School, Class of 1996
Kourtney Whitehead, Osbourn High School (VA), Class of 1996


B.E.S.T. Students with Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute Directors



B.E.S.T. Upper School Students with GBALI and B.E.S.T. Staff