Emajae- Columbia Park Clubhouse of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco
Charles Schwab Corporation is a banking and investment brokerage company that has more than 325 branches in the United States and one branch each in London and Puerto Rico. As of May 31 2015, Charles Schwab Corporation has $2.57 trillion in total client assets, 9.6 million brokerage accounts, 1.5 million retirement plan participants, and 1 million banking accounts. With a track record like that I think it’s safe to say, “They know what they’re doing!” Aside from their wonderful accomplishments, the Charles Schwab Foundation is a huge supporter of MY Club and Boys & Girls Clubs of America- You might see their logo on the Money Matters posters around your Clubhouse because they are huge supporters of the Money Matters program. Every year, teens like myself and others from Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, get a chance to participate in Schwab’s “Workplace Day.” There, Schwab employees or “Schwabies”, expose us to their departments and give us hands-on experience of a day in their work lives.
When we arrived to Schwab Headquarters we began the day in true Club style with an Ice Breaker led by our very own Citywide Director of Teen Services, LaCresha McManus. She pumped us up to interact with Schwabies and reminded us to keep an open mind for the day’s events. After, Ms. Joanne Allen- Senior Manager, Vendor Management gave us an introduction to Charles Schwab Corporation. Did you know Charles Schwab has approximately 14,400 FULL-TIME employees worldwide? That’s a lot of people who need managing! Later we participated in round table discussions with Schwabies from Product Development, User Research, Development and Publishing, and Design. It was the interactive part of the day for us where we really got to be hands on- Coding was really cool to learn about! Then it was time for the tour where we got to go meet with Brand and Advertising Managing Director, Sue Luong. Sue showed us how advertising has developed over the years from small newspaper cutouts to commercials we see today. Then, we met Howie Kennedy, the Vice President of Securities Lending. Howie broke down Short Sales, Stocks, and we also got to meet his team who might I add gets to work every morning at 4:30am. They were very nice, extremely busy, but still made time to tell us all about their jobs. It was really cool to see the Stock Exchange in action and get a better understanding in this professional setting. I am very thankful for this opportunity to spend the day at Charles Schwab Corporation who introduced us to a different world of business.