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TED Talk #3: Legal Careers

TED Talk #3 at UAA: "Legal Careers"

In the third of a series of law-related TED Talks, 36 students from Urban Action Academy were able to engage in a rich discussion about the career paths followed by 6 women who entered the law field and found both professional and personal success. These presenters are part of the legal team for the New York City Department of Education, which represents the school system and its 1.2 million children.

During the TED Talk, students were provided with reflection sheets and gave high praise to the presenters. Some important take-aways from student participants include:

  • "Never back down on an opportunity when given or if needed.. be passionate about what you do in life. Never burn your bridges."
  • "I learned that it doesn't matter how hard something is, you have to keep pushing and make that money"
  • "I learned that you don't have to go to college right after high school or even 1 year later and still get a good career and college degree."
  • "I enjoyed that all the speakers when through different obstacles in life to get where they are today and it gives m inspiration that I could also make it as well and go to college."
  • "I learned to always ask questions and have a life plan."
  • "I learned that you can't be successful without failure."

In a message to Principal Steve Dorcely, Ms. Jordana Shenkman, Esq. said the following about the event:

I am beyond thrilled to see that the students were really listening and felt inspired and motivated by the stories and words of advice from the women before them--all very accomplished professionals at the DOE. That's exactly what we wanted to accomplish!!
Some pictures from the event are shown below:


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