AUSTIN (May 22, 2017) – On May 19, 2017, Michael Best welcomed 12 students from Dobie Middle School and College Prep Academy to shadow six firm professionals as part of a local program known as CEO For A Day, organized by local Austin business leader Michael De La Fuente.
Overall, forty-eight students commuted to several Austin companies to meet business executives, professionals, and entrepreneurs who encouraged the students to apply their academic learning to future careers.
“Our Austin office is proud to partner with Michael and the CEO For A Day program in its mission of encouraging young students from varied backgrounds to aspire to the world of executive and professional careers,” stated Michael Best Partner Art Gollwitzer. “We are honored to challenge young students to imagine bright futures.”
The program, created by De La Fuente, is designed to show students that making positive life choices leads to success in school and in turn, helps them achieve their goals. In order to drive this lesson home, students were introduced to Michael Best professionals with backgrounds in law, accounting, engineering, financial services, and executive leadership. The students had the opportunity to ask questions about the mechanics of upward mobility and hear practical stories about how to use education as the avenue to reach futures that may have once been thought as unattainable.
“The program’s success is largely attributed to the participating companies. As the program continues to expand each year, it’s great to have Michael Best jump on board and become a partner,” stated De La Fuente. “The students look to the attorneys as role models and learning more about their everyday duties encourages the students to visualize the path to becoming an attorney.”
Michael Best has a proud history of firmwide pro bono initiatives, providing countless hours of legal aid and services to people and organizations of limited means. Among these efforts, attorneys have donated services and time related to crisis relief, children with special needs, foster care, domestic violence, affordable housing, land conservation, libraries, public schools, churches, and numerous other worthy causes and clients.
Other companies participating in this year’s CEO For A Day program included Southwest Key, Easter Seals, Ticket City, Avila, Saberex, Community Impact, Easy Pools, Feniex, American Innovations, Yeti, Encotech Engineering, Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, Samaritan Center, and Palaterra/First Crush Tastings. Transportation was provided by Yellow Cab of Austin.