JLB to Host Future U Career Day For High School Girls (1/8/07)

Susie Istock
8 January 2007


Junior League of Boston to Host Future U Career Seminar to HelpMetro Boston High School Girls Reach Their Professional Potential

Local Female Business Leaders and UMass-Boston College Students Will Share Their Advice and Experience

Boston, MA, January 8, 2007 – The Junior League of Boston and the University of Massachusettswill co-host their third annual “Future U” event to help metro Boston high school girls explore various career opportunities. The free seminar will be held at the UMass-Boston Campus Centeron Saturday, February 3rd and is open to high school girls, their parents, and school counselors.

The girls will take part in a series of interactive seminars hosted by guest speakers including former Massachusetts Senator and State Treasurer Shannon O’Brien. She is currently CEO of the Girl Scouts, Patriots’ Trail Council that serves nearly 23,000 girls in greater Boston. Other speakers representing a variety of career paths include a forensic scientist, architect, personal trainer, pediatrician, lawyer, international health advisor, and human resources professional.

Keynote speaker will be Benaree (Bennie) Pratt Wiley who is Principal of The Wiley Group as well as Executive-in-Residence at Babson College. She was former President and CEO of The Partnership Inc., whose unique mission is to develop professionals of color in Boston, increase their representation in Boston area businesses and institutions and enhance opportunities for their leadership potential.

A representative from the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) will discuss college financial aid assistance, and a panel of current UMass students will provide the girls with a flavor of college life.

“The mission of the Future U program is to encourage teen girls to reach their full potential by empowering them with the knowledge necessary to achieve their educational and career goals” said Future U chair Courtney Sansam. “Through this, we hope to make a lasting positive impact on the girls as they plan for the remainder of high school and prepare for college.”

Event Details: Saturday, February 3rd, 2007: 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the UMass-Boston CampusCenter, Boston, MA.  For more information visit www.jlboston.org under “Our Projects” and download the registration packet. Or send e-mail inquiries to jlbfutureu07@yahoo.com.


The Junior League of Boston is an organization of 1,200 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For more information please visit our web site at www.jlboston.org.

The Junior League of Boston joins 293 Leagues across the world to form the Association of Junior Leagues International.  These leagues have nearly 170,000 members in Canada, Mexico, The United Kingdom and The United States.  Together, they represent one of the largest international volunteer organizations for women interested in making a positive impact in their communities.  For more information, visit the web site www.ajli.org.