SWFL business leaders offer skills and wisdom to teens in CEO Leadership Summit

Published: April 18, 2022 10:25 PM EDT
Updated: April 18, 2022 10:40 PM EDT

WINK News’ media partner Gulfshore Business sponsored an event to teach teens the life skills they need to succeed.

Stay focused, be relentless and find your passion. That’s what CEOs told this group of aspiring leaders at the CEO Leadership Summit.

Kenniya Miller is going to study biomedical engineering as a pre-med student. “Knowing that that’s pretty much what it takes to succeed, I feel like I have a good shot at making a difference in this world,” Miller said.

“I’ll be the first in my family to do so, so everybody is going to have to call me doctor whether they like it or not,” said Miller.

Her professional career aspirations took shape through her education. These opportunities are ones she found with the Immokalee Foundation. “Between the trips and the mentoring and the people here, they want to see you succeed. They want to see you do, be the best person you could be. Especially, my advocate, she will blow my phone up 24/7, but she’s… her goal is to make sure that I am as successful as I can be,” Miller said.

Accountability was another critical piece of advice offered by these business leaders. They say to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.

More advice from southwest Florida business leaders includes always continuing to learn, being willing to change, never giving up, and rising to the challenge.

Eloy Anzualda III is high school senior. “Everybody here has that aspect to themselves where they grew up, whether it be a small town or a bad situation, and they made the best of it,” Anzualda sai.

The students got some great insight and advice from some of the best business minds in Southwest Florida. This was the inaugural CEO Leadership Summit, and they hope to make it an annual event.