Brandywine High School College & Career Center
Opp (Opportunity) Talks
For information please contact College & Career Counselor, Susan Hullman, at email@example.com
For these Opp Talks, we will be inviting professionals to join us either by zoom or in person to speak to our students about what they do for work, the path they took to get there, and things they may have done differently if they had to do it again. We are primarily seeking out adults who took more of an untraditional path to their career, or who maybe went to school for one thing, but are now using those skills in a totally different field than they originally intended. We are looking for professionals who went to the military, college, certification program, or directly into the workforce. The more we work with students, the more misconceptions we feel they have so we would like to help change the narrative that it’s not too late to see the forest from the trees!
March 1, 2022:
Mary Hingst is continuously figuring out what she wants to do with her life. After leaving high school with only a broad interest in the STEM fields, she has taken a meandering around the country and between school and work to become a hydrogeologist. Mary will talk about how not having a set-in-stone plan can lead to great opportunities.
March 1, 2022:
Rachel Burch is currently a PhD student at the University of Delaware studying Environmental Engineering. She is passionate about making a difference in the world of sustainability, but the path that got her there was full of surprises! She is looking forward to sharing her story of how she became interested in engineering and graduate school, and how she's thinking about the next steps in her career.
February 28, 2022:
A graduate of Delaware State University, Ms. Manlove has worked for 19 years in the Financial Services Industry, first as a branch manager and now in human resources as a recruiter.
February 25, 2022:
A native of Wilmington, Mr. PIccolomini is a stand-up comedian who tours all over the country. He is recording a comedy special on Sat 2/26 at the Wilmington Drama league.
February 25, 2022:
A college graduate with a degree in finance, Mr. Davis decided he'd rather work with his hands, switched careers, and became a plumber.
February 16, 2022:
A graduate of Delaware State University, Ms. Moslely has been a nurse for over 20 years and now works in the Intensive Care Unit at Christiana Hospital.
February 15, 2022:
After struggling in high school and college, Mr. Hullman launched a very successful IT business in 2005.
February 10, 2022:
Rica and Leland Nelson- Systems Engineer and Entrepreneur/CEO
Power siblings Rica & Leland Nelson now collaborate on Mr. Nelson's company, Think Tank Consulting. Both graduated from Delaware State University, later earned master's degrees, and have diverse work experiences. Rica is a Systems Engineer with experience in the Intelligence Community. Leland has an MBA, is a portfolio entrepreneur, and is the President of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central PA.
February 8, 2022:
Talia Frankel- TV Producer
With over 18 years of experience producing television and advertising for content for RuPaul's Drag Race, Real Housewives of New York, and the brand Ralph Lauren, she now works at a Medical Educational Advertising Agency.
February 7, 2022:
Cilleena Rivas Minnow- Engineer & Microbiologist
A graduate of the Philadelphia Public School System and Delaware State University with a major in Biology, Ms. Minnow has had a love of Science since age 7 when she first learned about worms. Cileena now works for DuPont at a Fermentation facility as an associate investigator & fermentation engineer!
February 4, 2022:
Holly Whitney- From musician to Physical Therapist (and some stops in between!)
After studying French horn in college, Holly decided to go to grad school for Physical Therapy. Holly now has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and has been practicing for 10 years. Hear about her journey and what she loves most about PT.
February 3, 2022:
Jea Street;- TV Personality, Singer, & lover of all things music.
Jea will join us to share his journey as a black man in cut throat fields. Jea will share sacrifices he has had to make, and all the work he does from day to day to keep his passion for music alive.
February 2, 2022:
Jeffrey Gilberg Lt. Col. Military Law Verus Civilian Law
Lt. Col Jeff Gilberg serves as the Chief of the Defense Council Assistance Program as part of the United States Army Trial Defense Service. Jeff has a decorated military career serving as both the defense and prosecutor council during his nearly two decades of service in the JAG Corps. Jeff will share insight into the many benefits he has found in practicing law in the military, as well as how this career pathway within law is setting him up for his future goals.
February 1, 2022:
Beth Samberg – From Grit to Gold in Real Estate
As a dynamic, energetic personality with superior negotiating skills. Beth Samberg has continuously earned recognition as a top producer in the real estate industry. She has been recognized by Philadelphia Magazine with the Five-star award the last several years. She will share what it took to quickly rise to the top in her field, and offer you some insight as to how hard work pays off. Big Time!
January 21, 2022:
Natalie DiSabatino - “How Disability and Trauma Changed my life”
Diagnosed with Epilepsy at age 7; A cold case murder investigation in her immediate family in her 20’s - Natalie will talk about how these experiences impacted her journey into adulthood. Natalie will share how she made the brave decision to persevere and overcome, and what she needed to do in order to live a fulfilled life. Natalie was recently honored by the Delaware Business Times as one of Delaware’s top 40 under 40.. As a Community Affairs Specialist for Discover Financial Services, Natalie infuses her love of volunteerism in all parts of her life. We are thrilled to welcome Natalie to BHS to share her journey!
January 20, 2022:
Abbey Goslin ’14
Abbey is a first generation student who graduated from UD with a major of Music, Theater & Dance. Abbey is currently getting her M. Ed in Higher Education from Virgina Tech. Abbey is incredibly passionate about access to education and supporting low-income students. We cannot wait to welcome Abbey back and learn how her education in the arts led her to equal- access in education!
January 18, 2022:
Joshua Hollingsworth ’17 :“Rocky Roads to Rewards”
Josh is the Engagement and Exhibition Manager for the Delaware Museum of Contemporary Art. Josh is rooted in community engagement via the arts in Delaware. Josh was a known mentor and leader while at BHS, so we are excited for him to return and share his journey!
January 14, 2022: Andy Dickerson - Line Coach for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks
Andy Dickerson is one of Delaware’s own. A graduate from Tower Hill and Tufts, where he studied political science, Andy is now a defensive line coach for the NFL. Andy spent nearly a decade with the Rams, before making the move to the Seattle Seahawks where he currently coaches.
January 14, 2022: Yecheskel Schneider
“Admit to Medicine” 10:00am-10:45am
Yecheskel Schneider (AKA Hesky) is a gastroenterologist at St. Luke’s University Health Network in the Lehigh Valley in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He is the director of the St. Luke’s Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Center and the associate program director of the GI fellowship at St. Luke’s. He grew up in Brooklyn, NY and received his Bachelors degree in Biology and English from the Macaulay Honors College/Brooklyn College, which is part of the City University of New York. He attended New York University (NYU) School of medicine and completed his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at New York Presbyterian – Cornell. While in fellowship he also completed a Master’s in Health policy and economics from Cornell University. He also completed a 1 year fellowship in Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and colitis) from the University of Pennsylvania.
January 13, 2022: Haneef Salaam
“Success is a Journey” 9:30 am-10:30 am
Mr. Haneef Salaam is a native Delawarean born and raised in Wilmington. He is engaged in empowering the community and very passionate about helping individuals released from prison become positive and productive community members after making that change himself. Mr. Salaam has worked with government and non-profit agencies focused on prisoner reentry for the past 15 years. Mr. Salaam is passionate about helping disadvantaged populations find solutions and ways to overcome their barriers to success. In his free time Mr. Salaam is a community advocate in Wilmington.
January 11, 2022: Noah Hann-Deschaine
“The Value of a service year: My time in AmeriCorps NCCC”
Noah Hann-Deschaine graduated from BHS in 2019 and, instead of going straight to college, decided to take a service year with AmeriCorps NCCC. The program provides free travel, food, housing, uniforms, a living stipend, an educational grant of over $6,000, as well as job experience in multiple fields. He now attends Colgate University and is studying physics.
January 6, 2022: Delaware State Senator Laura Sturgeon
Sen. Laura Viviana Sturgeon represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes West Brandywine Hundred, Greenville, Centerville, Hockessin and parts of Pike Creek.
The daughter of Argentine immigrants, Sturgeon has lived or worked in Delaware since she was just over a year old. A proud graduate of Brandywine High School, she later earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in English literature, both from the University of Delaware.
Sturgeon worked as a public school teacher for 25 years, before retiring from her job teaching Spanish at Concord High School in late 2019. Before Concord, she taught English at Delcastle Technical High School and Hodgson Vocational Technical High School for 17 years.
Prior to running for public office, Laura served in an appointed position on her local teacher union’s executive committee and later won a seat on the board of the Delaware State Education Association, the largest union in the state. She also was active in various community groups and nonprofit organizations. Those experiences, combined with her passion for women’s rights and her desire to help mold public education policy, inspired her to run for a seat in the Delaware General Assembly in 2018.
She won a decisive victory against a long-time, well-financed incumbent by mobilizing grassroots activists to knock on tens of thousands of doors over a two-year period to become the first Latina ever elected to the Delaware State Senate, which stands as one of her proudest accomplishments.
Sen. Sturgeon currently serves as chair of the Senate Education Committee and is a member of the Banking, Business & Insurance, Environment & Energy and Joint Finance committees.
She and her husband Bill live in Woodbrook with their standard poodle and two very ornery cats.