St. Louis, MO... The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present Pathways to Success, a motivational panel discussion that focuses on the importance of education, reveals doors that can be opened by earning a GED, and inspires participants to achieve personal greatness. The FREE event takes place at the Carpenter Branch, 3309 S. Grand Blvd., on August 11 at 11 a.m. and features some of St. Louis’ most dynamic and influential professionals including:
* Maxine Clark, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Bear for Build-A-Bear Workshop®.
Since founding Build-A-Bear in 1997, Clark has led the company’s growth from a single store in St. Louis to a chain of more than 400 stores located around the world. A veteran retailer, she is a past president of both Payless ShoeSource and the May Department Stores Company. She serves on numerous boards and committees in the St. Louis area.
* Delia Domingo Davis, Membership Banking Officer for Fifth Third Bank.
Domingo Davis is a first-generation Hispanic from Little Havana, Miami, Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida, she moved to Chicago to work for a large bank, where she worked her way through the ranks. Domingo Davis says that her role with Fifth Third Bank, “allows me increase financial literacy in St. Louis while driving sales for the Bank.”
* The Honorable Darlene Green, Comptroller for the City of St. Louis.
Green serves as the City’s Chief Fiscal Officer, where she directs all the City’s fiscal affairs with a combined annual budget of $950 million. She is the first woman to serve as St. Louis’ Comptroller. During her tenure in City government, St. Louis has recorded nine consecutive years of multi-million dollar budget surpluses and seven credit rating upgrades.
* Karla May, Missouri State Representative, 57th District.
May is a lifelong resident of the City’s 1st Ward. She got her start in politics at the age of eight by stuffing envelopes and passing out literature when her mother, former Alderwoman Parrie May, was working a campaign for a local politician. By age 17, she was organizing candidates who she believed had the best interest of the community at heart. In 2010, she was elected to the Missouri State House.
* Michael V. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of The Roberts Companies.
From his modest beginnings growing up in a middle-class family to becoming one of the nation’s foremost businessmen, Roberts’ life is a classic American success story. He and his brother, Steven, own and manage more than 76 companies throughout the United States and Bahamas with assets valued at nearly $1 billion.
* Joe Schwartz, GED graduate and author of Joe’s Black T-Shirt.
Author Joe Schwartz proves that earning a GED can serve as the springboard to a successful career. A St. Louis native, he writes exclusively about the Gateway City using a fast-paced, urban style. His writing follows in the footsteps of Dasheill Hammett, Donald Goines, and Chuck Palahniuk. Schwartz’s short stories have been widely published including in the Winter’s Harvest anthology.
For more information, call 314-206-6779.# # #