Posted by Frank Woods on Mar 01, 2020
On Tuesday, February 25, 50 community business leaders met with 50 Folsom High School juniors at the 25th Annual Partnerships for Tomorrow Youth Leadership Conference held at Lakeside Church. This conference unites high school students with business and community leaders representing the City of Folsom to discuss leadership skills and ethical choices in the work place, in schools, and in the local and global community.
Students and business leaders meet first thing over continental breakfast.
Group discussion between students and business leaders.

The format of the conference is similar to a business conference. The day started with registration and a continental breakfast.  At the first general session, Garry Parlier, Rotary Club of Folsom, welcomed business leaders and students. The flag salute followed led by Jordan Maestre, Folsom High Interact Club Public Relations Officer.  Folsom High School History Teacher and Interact Adviser Eric Yoder, gave instructions to participants and introduced the discussion group leaders.  In addition to Discussion Group Facilitators from the business community, each group had a Facilitator-in-Training, Class of 2020.  Each discussion group consisted of 7 business leaders from the community and 7 students.

The first group discussion session was Elements of Business Etiquette and Traits of a Leader and the second session was Leadership Skills.  Session 1 focused on the importance of business etiquette for a successful impression when meeting new employers, business leaders, and new friends.  Traits of a good leader were also discussed.  Session 2 focused on the traits of a good leader and how to help people make sound business and ethical decisions.  Also discussed in the session was the Rotary 4-Way Test.  The students were asked to be prepared during lunch to introduce themselves and what they planned to do after high school.  Two students also had to be prepared to present what they learned .

The second general session had everyone back together for lunch and the team presentations.  Garry Parlier announced each team when it was their turn to present.

After the presentations, the students participated in a Professional Networking Session.  The goal of this final session was for student leaders to have informal time to network and ask questions with professionals in an area of business that they may be interested in pursuing.  There were nine groups such as finance/accounting, medical, and technology.



Garry Parlier introduced our Keynote Speaker, Will Robins, Owner and CEO of Will Robins Golf at Empire Golf Course.  

Closing Remarks were made by Garry Parlier and Eric Yoder.

The Discussion Group Facilitators were:
  • Vicki Bencken - Digital Communications Director, UC Davis Health System
  • Adrian Blanco - Business Owner Adrian Blanco Jewelry
  • Bob Hoffman - Optometrist, Robert Hoffman and Lianne Inouye Optometrists
  • Joe Hoffman - Family Law Attorney, Hoffman & Hoffman
  • Ryan Jantzen - Senior Financial Advisor, Pacific Investment Advisors
  • Christie Ross - Director of Finance and Operations, Think Smart, Inc.
  • Dr. Shaina DiMariano - Dentist & Proprietor, DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontic
Student group photo.
For more photos of the Leadership Conference, go to Leadership Conference in our website Photo Albums.