“Where you are is not who you are. That’s a quote from her mom that Ursula Burns CEO of Xerox Corp remembers and lives by day to day. My essay is on Ursula Burns, who started off as an intern at Xerox Corp that eventually rose through the ranks to become the first African American female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. In this essay, I will discuss her career, her business leadership and her many other business strategies. During a talk at the annual awards conference, Burns talked about how her mother, who raised Ursula single, in one of the worst New York City Public Housing Projects, loved to give advice.
I guess you can say her role in life is to be happy, live comfortably financially and do everything she can to make her family comfortable and happy. When it came to asking my boss Kevin, his response I found to be quite shocking. He said his expectations and strategies for managing a family were completely what he expected. He went to college, he has a great job, he comes home, still does some work and in that extra time, he will spend time with his kids and his wife. Between the two responses, I don’t really see a difference in their answers.
My oldest sister is now 24 years old, married, and a mother of a 1-year-old boy. When she graduated from Bravo Medical Magnet High School she found herself a job at Bank of America. During that time she felt that being in work was right for her because she was receiving money and wanted to buy a car. Her reason for stopping school was not because she wanted to be “freed” from it but because she believed working was a better path for her to take. My second oldest sister was never a big fan of school.
They did a lot of moving around, from having to live with relatives to living in government housing. Viola always dreamt of a better life not only for herself, but also for her mother and her siblings. She shared thoughts that if she were to ever be blessed financially, she was going to be a blessing to others (personal communication, May 6, 2009). Well, her opportunity to be a blessing came a few years after she married her husband who is a successful doctor. This has placed Viola in the upper middle class of society, where she no longer has to worry about finances, has both of her children in private schools, and has even purchased a home for her mother.
I believe that this had a great impacted the society, mostly women. This was because women back in the 1800’s were only considered to be house wives, looking after the children, cooking for the family and cleaning their houses. Many women didn’t have the opportunity to do everything or even have everything that Marie did. Many of them couldn’t even go to school because they had to stay home to help their mothers with the house. After she made that comet discovery she gave hope to all women and showed them that they can do whatever they want even if only men have done it before.
Many women have made a huge impact because of the jobs they have had. For example, Hilary Clinton she is the secretary of state. She is a woman, and she has made an impact in the U.S.A. as we know it. Now that women are able to get jobs, men don’t have to do twice the work because they have help from their wife. Besides that usually women work, take care of family and homes.
Her change in attitude was largely due to her placement in a healthy foster family environment. Nai lived in two foster homes until her final placement with a supportive and loving foster family. At first, it was really difficult for her foster family as they were not sure how to emotionally connect with the quiet and reserved teen. Nai explains that it was just very difficult for them to understand what she was going through. But, her foster parents supported her as much as they could, and encouraged her to become involved in school academics and sports to keep her active and busy.
Harley is still attending high school with the plans of attending college. She had to learn to be responsible at a young age, but her responsibility has made her a better person and great mother. Harley has matured not just as a person, but as a strong-independent mother that would do anything for her son. The courage that has made her capable to raise her child has made her stronger emotionally. Commonly, teenagers that have children at an early age usually either drop out of high school or get their G.E.D.
College Connect has done great things for my family and I; it motivated me to apply for scholarships, inspired me to do well in school and most importantly, to dream big. As a first generation student, my parents and I had no idea about SAT’s, college applications, scholarships, etc.I had no idea what the whole process was like. However, due to the support and help that College Connect offered me, I have successfully been accepted to a four year college. For me the most helpful thing about College Connect is the fact that students can go into their office whenever a question arises. Everyone at College Connect is always supportive towards whatever the student is concerned about.