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


March 1, 2014

Molly Hathaway Young Women’s and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Programs in partnership with the Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute:  “Building Your Support Team”

The Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute (GBALI), founded and directed by Gilman alumni, is an annual leadership program for high school students in Baltimore.  Each fall, a cohort of 9th -12th grade young women and men is selected from an applicant pool of students throughout the city. The Leadership Institute, now in its 9th year, meets weekly from October – March and is founded on the idea that “success is defined by more than a career and a career is determined by more than education.” Emphasis is not only placed on educational and career choices but also on the importance of interpersonal relationships and personal accountability to themselves and others. During their time in the program, the approximately 20-30 students annually develop a more complete and stronger understanding of the relationship between personal decisions, career, friendships and family.

Over the past several years B.E.S.T. has played a significant role in promoting the GBALI program to both independent schools and within our network of nonprofits and public schools.  This year, 16 B.E.S.T. students were selected to be part of the 29 member 2013-2014 GBALI class.

On Saturday, March 1st, as part of our spring Molly Hathaway Young Women’s and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Programs, 21 B.E.S.T. upper school students joined the GBALI class for a workshop titled “Building Your Support Team.”  The GBALI directors designed the morning’s workshop to emphasize the importance of building strong relationship skills and networks in order to gain a lifelong competitive advantage.  The program explored interpersonal styles and relationship preferences that affect the way individuals select and interact with the key people in their lives.

B.E.S.T. 9th – 12th Grade Students and Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute Participants & Directors

B.E.S.T. 9th – 12th Grade Students and Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute Students & Directors

Special thanks to the GBALI leadership for welcoming our B.E.S.T. students and for their facilitation of the morning’s program:

Karlo Young                                                        Terrance Whitehead
Director, Advisory                                               Team Lead
KPMG                                                                 Pragmatics, Inc.
Gilman School, ’97                                             Gilman School, ‘95
GBALI Director                                                   GBALI Director

Kourtney Whitehead                                           Terris King
Principal                                                              First Year Kindergarten Teacher
Korn/Ferry International                                      The Park School of Baltimore

Special thanks also to Crystal Lee, B.E.S.T. 2nd Vice President, Garrison Forest School and B.E.S.T. Alumna (’96) and Khalil Uqdah, Gilman School and B.E.S.T. Alum (’06) for participating in the morning’s program.

Crystal Lee, Terris King, Karlo Young, Terrance Whitehead, Kourtney Whitehead,
Khalil Uqdah