Opportunity Scholars at the David Eccles School of Business recently gathered with donors for their annual gratitude luncheon.
Catered by Moki’s Hawaiian Grill & Catering, students connected with each other and the generous donors who are so essential to their education and the program.
After an introduction by program directors Rich Kaufusi and Latu Kinikini, student ambassadors tackled the topic of confidence through activities and presentations.
“When you walk into a room,” shared Mariana Iniquez, “remember it’s the inside out. Stand up straight, hold your head high, and know that you belong here.”
She followed up with a crowd-pleasing demonstration of a proper handshake. Kristy Ong spoke about growth mindset and the importance of positive affirmation, encouraging students to write and share on cards at each of the tables. And Noun Taha addressed the combination of imposter syndrome and overcoming microaggressions, reminding her fellow scholars that they are here to “stand out, not be set apart” from their peers.
Keynote speaker Perry Slagowski, MBA, CFP, Fidelity Investments, an Opportunity Scholars alum, and current donor, then shared his journey. From completing his degrees, starting his own company, investing in the stock market, rising in the ranks at Fidelity, and giving back, he reminded students that overcoming the many challenges they face will build their confidence.
“Listen, be a sponge,” he said. “Soak up the information and education that is shared with you. It is a strength that leads to confidence.”
The goal of the Opportunity Scholars Program at the Eccles School is to support and enhance the educational experience of first-generation business students as they progress toward graduation. For more information, visit Eccles.Link/opportunity-scholars.