One Million Degrees

Chicago's Corporate and Civic Leaders to Help Low-Income Community College Students Gain a Competitive Edge


Chicago, IL -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/17/2014 -- One Million Degrees (OMD) is thrilled to announce its annual “It’s Who You Know” Speed Networking and Mocktail Reception, hosted by JPMorgan Chase—where industry leaders in healthcare, financial services, education, government, and philanthropy will help OMD Scholars sharpen their networking skills and build personal and professional networks. Volunteers will participate in a high-energy night of speed networking and mingling over "mocktails" with OMD Scholars.

JPMorgan Chase is committed to cultivating talent in the Chicago community and has partnered with OMD for the last five years to support low-income, highly motivated community college students through financial assistance and extensive academic, personal, and work-readiness supports, including long-term coaching. “It’s Who You Know” Speed Networking and Mocktail Reception is one of the signature JPMorgan Chase/OMD events designed to give students access to exclusive professional networking opportunities. The event is a way to give inexperienced students much needed practice for the real thing – interviewing in the job market.

"Often times you get one shot to make a lasting impression, to get that unbeatable job or promotion, so the ability to think quickly and to explain your value in two minutes or less is key. Practice makes perfect,” said Paige Ponder, Chief Executive Officer of OMD. “Many of our scholars have never had the opportunity to meet business executives, let alone talk to them about what they think they can do. It's a huge confidence booster for the students and this is a real networking opportunity. The room is filled with movers and shakers who may be able to provide unique career opportunities to our scholars."

Last year, volunteers represented a wide array of companies and organizations, including JPMorgan Chase, Wrigley Gum, the City of Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Mesirow Financial, and many more.

“It’s Who You Know” Speed Networking and Mocktail Reception will be hosted at JPMorgan Chase, 10 S Dearborn, 57th floor, from 6:00pm-8:00pm on March 20th, 2014.

About One Million Degrees
One Million Degrees empowers low-income, highly motivated, community college students to succeed in school, in work and in life. From tutors and coaches, to life-skills training and financial aid, One Million Degrees provides our scholars with supports that are critical to their success in the classroom and beyond. If you would like to support or learn more about One Million Degrees please contact:

One Million Degrees
226 W. Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60606
(312)920-9605 or Fax (312)920-9607