Celebrities, CEOs, Elected Officials and Professional Athletes to be "Shadowed" by Junior Achievement Students

January 30, 2007 Washington, D.C. Share: Print Subscribe to Email Alerts

High school students across the country will have access to elite executive boardrooms and even an NHL locker room Friday, February 2nd, when they participate in JA Worldwide’s (Junior Achievement’s) National Job Shadow Day, sponsored by ING. Two major city mayors, a couple of CEOs, a restaurateur and several television personalities are among the VIPs who have agreed to be “shadowed” by the teenagers to introduce them to the various careers awaiting them.

“ING is committed to education and ensuring youths have every opportunity to achieve their full potential,” says Rhonda Mims, president of the ING Foundation. “That’s why ING is proud to once again be sponsoring Junior Achievement’s National Job Shadow Day. It gives students the chance to visit with leading business executives and entrepreneurs so that they will aspire to succeed.”

Job Shadow Day, held every year on Groundhog Day, is the first of thousands of “shadowing” events throughout the year in which teenage Junior Achievement students follow workplace mentors as they go through a normal day on the job. The program invites students to see firsthand how the skills learned in school relate to the workplace.

“Junior Achievement is grateful for ING’s ongoing support of Job Shadow Day,” said Jack E. Kosakowski, executive vice president and chief operating officer of JA Worldwide. “Job Shadowing, along with all of Junior Achievement’s other K-12 programs, helps make students ‘work ready’ by showing them the relevance of their classroom lessons, and provides them with skills such as leadership and problem-solving, to help them succeed in business and in life.”

For this year’s Job Shadow Day, numerous elected officials, business executives, celebrities and professional athletes in ten major cities have agreed to be shadowed. They include Miami Mayor Manuel “Manny” Diaz, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, CNBC host and advertising executive Donny Deutsch, television personality, restaurateur and entrepreneur B. Smith, actress and philanthropist Victoria Rowell, ABC financial correspondent Mellody Hobson, the Dallas Stars, Boston restaurateur Mark D’Alessandro and premier sports management company BDA Sports. A complete list is below.

One of the highlights of JA’s Job Shadow Day will be a visit to New York City’s famed Wall Street for the ringing of the NYSE’s Closing Bell. Several Junior Achievement students will be joining ING executives to ring the bell and close the market for the week. The students will also be taken on a tour of the floor to learn how stocks are traded.

Here is a list of VIPs participating in National Job Shadow Day:

New York

B. Smith – lifestyle expert, restaurateur, TV host and entrepreneur
Donny Deutsch – Chairman, Deutsch Inc. and TV host
Paul Cothran – Executive Director of VH1 Save The Music Foundation

Los Angeles

Victoria Rowell – actress and philanthropist
Tyrese – actor, singer, and model
BDA Sports – a premier sports management company whose clients include Yao Ming and Steve Nash
Councilwoman Wendy Greuel – President Pro Tempore of the Los Angles City Council (Shadowing on Wednesday, January 31, 2007)


Mellody Hobson – President of Ariel Capital Management
Shawn Baldwin – Chairman & CEO Capital Management Group


Mayor Manuel “Manny” Diaz
Melvin Roane – Director of Development, Alonzo Mourning Charities

Washington, D.C.

Gene Robinson – Washington Post columnist
Cheri Carter – Executive Director of the PBS Foundation


Dallas Stars (NHL)
(Shadowing on Monday, February 5, 2007)


Dr. Eddra Marchand – author and physician
(Shadowing on Thursday, February 1, 2007)


Diedra Fontaine – Director of Sales Development, Continental Airlines
The office of State Senator Rodney Ellis


Craig Tornberg – General Manager of The New England Revolution (MLS)
Mark D’Alessandro – Director of Operations, Commonwealth Restaurant Group (Mistral, Sorellina, Teatro, and The Federalist)


Mayor Phil Gordon

San Francisco

Chris Larsen – CEO and co-founder of Prosper.com
Eric Jaye – founder of Storefront Political Media
(Shadowing on Monday, February, 5, 2007)
About JA Worldwide™ (Junior Achievement)

JA Worldwide is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA Worldwide provides in-school and after-school programs for students in grades K-12. JA Worldwide offers educational programs that focus on seven key content areas: business, citizenship, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics/character, financial literacy, and career development. Today, 140 individual area operations reach approximately four million students in the United States, with more than 3.5 million students served by operations in 100 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.ja.org.

About ING

ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, insurance and assetmanagement to over 60 million private, corporate and institutional clients in more than 50 countries. With a diverse workforce of over 115,000 people, ING comprises a broad spectrum of prominent companies that increasingly serve their clients under the ING brand.

In the U.S., the ING family of companies offer a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients which include life insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, direct banking, institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits, financial planning, and reinsurance. ING holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves over 14 million customers across the nation. For more information, visit www.ing.com.