Judge Glenda Hatchett

 

It’s not every day that you get to see 150 high school students jump to their feet and shout out their dreams!

Last month, Regions Bank and EverFi hosted an event at Morehouse College in Atlanta to celebrate the accomplishments of students from two Atlanta high schools who participated in EverFi’s financial literacy program. But the event went far beyond a discussion of personal finance. Dynamic speakers from Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Regions, along with Judge Judy Hatchett, served up some incredibly inspiring lessons for young people to consider as they plan for their future:

Dr. Wilson at Morehouse College

“The sound of the genuine” – Morehouse College President, Dr. John Wilson, told the story of his college classmate who was having trouble choosing a major in college and didn’t have a lot of direction for his future. Ultimately, he chose to follow his passion for being behind the camera. He made his first student film in college, and his career took off from there. Who is this classmate? None other than director Spike Lee. Dr. Wilson encouraged students to follow their passions and to listen closely to “the sound of the genuine.”

Judge Glenda Hatchett

“There’s a dream with my name on it” – These words came from Judge Glenda Hatchett, presiding judge over the two-time Emmy-nominated nationally syndicated show, Judge Hatchett. Prior to television fame, Hatchett was the Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County Juvenile Court, as well as the highest-ranking African-American woman at Delta Airlines for nearly 10 years.  She encouraged students to share their dreams for the future with the crowd – and one by one, the room erupted in responses: computer engineers, music technicians, lawyers, doctors, artists, and educators! She encouraged students to shout out their dreams again and again and to remember the refrain “there’s a dream with my name on it!” as they work toward making those dreams a reality. Student at Regions event

 

 

Are you inspired yet? For more on the event, watch a video from the day on this link and view photos here.