Today’s class was highlighted by a visit from the COO of the CW Television Network, John Maatta. John related to the students through his story of being a high school student with absolutely no clue as to his career aspiration. His life proceeded to unfold through a series of networking opportunities, each of which he eagerly accepted. John left the students with a clear understanding of the importance of seizing opportunities, no matter their perceived relevance at the time. After all, what began for John as a run-of-the-mill career in law led him to head one of the most popular television networks of today, all by accepting offers and rising to the occasion. Playing to his audience, John closed his visit with a clip from the last episode of the CW’s popular show One Tree Hill.

Mentor David Lewis eschewed his usual economics lesson in favor of a more personal one regarding the importance of physical presentation. David spoke to the impact of first impressions based on physical appearance and left the students encouraged to adopt a trial exercise regimen.

Nancy’s Quote of the Day proved particularly appropriate given both John and David’s impartations; “Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.”