RTSWS students from John Overton High School —a Metro Nashville Public School and one of the most diverse high schools in Tennessee—took a field trip last week to the corporate headquarters of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), a Fortune 100 Company. Unique from the financial institutions RTSWS typically visits, HCA manages 174 hospitals around the world and hires tens of thousands of people into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. Our girls are candidates for future hiring at HCA into financial roles as it transacts billions of dollars across international borders and institutions as well as invests billions in its employer sponsored retirement plans.
Overton sophomores, juniors and seniors started the day learning about the importance of a first impression from Sunny Powell, Senior Communications Specialist with HCA.
After lunch, a panel of HCA female financial professionals shared their college and career paths, leadership skills and how they use math in their current roles. They then offered advice on pursuing financial independence and a career in STEM.
Students toured the offices, meeting more women along the way, received a “Certificate of Participation” for completing the RTSWS financial workshops taught by HCA professionals since September. Students also received the widely used reference book, the S & P’s Guide to Money and Investing and of course, this year’s cool RTSWS t-shirt.
And Coming This Spring
HCA mentors will team up with Overton students and join the ranks of the mentor/protege teams we have across 5 cities in the U.S. where we offer RTSWS programming. Mentors and proteges will meet face to face once per month and will be offered the eye opening opportunity to job shadow women in finance. During this component of the RTSWS full-year program, HCA professionals will provide ongoing guidance to the girls on the importance of being financial responsible, college major/minor preparation, staying motivated, life challenges, resume building, job readiness skills, leadership and career paths.
These relationships may last for years to come as they have for some of our past students.
When it comes to making an impact, HCA rules.