Abdul J. Cokley
Abdul J. Cokley is a marketing major at Hampton University from South Plainfield, New Jersey. In school, he is a member of the Hampton University marching force and Business Bigs and Littles organization. Cokley currently holds a job at Walmart in Watchung, New Jersey and has previously been employed by Cinemark and Target. He has also volunteered his time in the past at Ruth Fellowship Ministries, the YMCA of Westfield, New Jersey, and The Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Abdul has been the recipient of a few awards including induction in the National French Honor Society, receiving a Hampton University Merit Scholarship, as well as the Foresters Competitive Scholarship. Following graduation Cokley plans to secure a job in marketing.
Ahmad Dove is an accounting major at Howard University. When he’s not in class, he is often found at the pool practicing with his club team. Dove is currently in the University Choir. Recently, he made the dean’s list for the School of Business, became a Jackie Robinson Scholar, and has been nominated for the National Honors Society. In terms of community service, Ahmad has taught swimming lessons and volunteered to encourage voting in recent elections through a voter registration call bank.
Christian Readus is sophomore chemistry major at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. He has earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America. Readus is a member of the Alabama A&M Honors Program, which is filled with the brightest minds at the university. He has received many awards at his university including being on the Freshman Deans List, Freshman Presidents Award, and the Freshman Honor Roll. He is also a Heritage Gold Scholarship recipient. Christian is continually serving others through organizations like the Downtown Rescue Mission and many others.
Jared Washington is a third-year honors finance student at Howard University’s School of Business. Washington is an active member of the Student Business Executive Leadership Program, Howard’s flagship academic organization, and enjoys advancing the program through casework, executive presentations, and collaborative assignments. Also, a proud member of the 21st CAP leadership team, Washington served as a Management Team Leader for Team Moody’s through the 2019-2020 year where he organized, assisted, and guided over 15 first-year business students with key casework involving both the university and the partnering corporate sponsor. In addition, Washington interned with Liberty Mutual and US Steel where he worked as a Capital Markets intern and Procurement analyst respectively. Multi-Semester dean’s list, several national case study victories and various awards are all achievements that Washington has received, however connecting with his peers to teach, learn and solve problems is what he enjoys the most.
Jared Washington is a 3rd year honors finance student at Howard University’s School of Business. Jared is an active member of the Student Business Executive Leadership Program, Howard’s flagship academic organization, and enjoys advancing the program through casework, executive presentations and collaborative assignments. Also, a proud member of the 21st CAP leadership team, Jared served as a Management Team Leader for Team Moody’s through the 2019-2020 year where he organized, assisted and guided over 15 first-year business students with key casework involving both the university and the partnering corporate sponsor. In addition, Jared interned with Liberty Mutual and US Steel where he worked as a Capital Markets intern and Procurement analyst respectively. Multi-Semester Dean’s List, several national case study victories and various awards are all achievements that Jared has received, however connecting with his peers to teach, learn and solve problems is what he enjoys the most.
Jonathan Smith is an honors accounting major at Howard University from Burke, Virginia. He is proud to be a part of Howard’s Student Business Executive Leadership program. His past employment includes an 18-month stint as a cashier at a Giant grocery store, and his community service work involves volunteering with Junior Achievement and at events for Shiloh Baptist Church. Smith’s main leadership role includes a three-year tenure as the treasurer of his school’s branch of the Future Business Leaders of America where he oversaw financial decisions and fundraisers run by the program.
Julian Myers is a management major in the School of Business Executive Leadership Honors Program at Howard University. He is aiming to work in the industry of gaming and e-sports, and one of his goals is to create his own media aggregation platform. Myers’ recent academic accomplishments include first place in the Howard University Alumni Club and inclusion on the Fall 2020 dean’s list.
Julian Szyszka is an honors international business major at Howard University. Szyszka is always seeking opportunities and avenues to display his leadership, critical thinking skills, passion for innovation, and love of debating and public speaking. This year he was awarded the Top Speaker Prize and was a finalist in the 2020 Social Justice Debates. He also served as a member of the HP HBCU Innovation Challenge Championship Team. He is a proud member of the Howard University Debate Team, Mock Trial Team, Senate, and Model United Nations Team. Szyszka also serves as a Freshman Representative for the Howard University School of Business Executive Leadership Program. He is also pursuing opportunities in marketing, investing, and finance. Born in Chicago and currently residing in Houston, Szyszka always looks to find ways to give back to his community and make a unique impact.
Stephen Spence is a sophomore at Howard University majoring in business management. His drive and perseverance are evident in his academic and personal achievements. Spence is the President of Consult Your Community Howard University Chapter. He also was invited by Google to participate in the Google Bold Immersion program. This summer he interned with Bank of America Private Bank as a Wealth Management Strategy Analyst. One of Spence’s proudest recognitions was the establishment of an award in his honor, the “Stephen A. Spence Excellence in Leadership Award,” by the Windy City Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. This is an annual award presented to a youth who exemplifies what it means to be a servant leader. The following quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson embodies Spence’s philosophy, hopes and goals…”Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Travis Sherman is a sophomore computer science major attending Morehouse College in Atlanta where he serves as a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of a BVCC (Black Venture Capitalist Consortium) startup called AutoTag. Sherman interned at Lowe’s for Software Development in the Summer of 2021. He also led a team of his Morehouse comrades to win the American Airlines HBCU Be-Smart Hackathon awarding them 100,000 free bonus travel miles. Sherman is also the recipient of the JKJ scholarship at Morehouse College, which aims to give tech students funds to continue doing great things outside of school. Most of his community service time is spent with a relatively new but exponentially growing non-profit called CodeHouse, which aims to solve the problem of Black/Brown students being underrepresented in the tech space.
Tyrone Jones is a sophomore at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. As an English major, he endeavors to be the next up and coming award winning writer for television and other fictional genres. As a freshman, Jones lent his melodious voice as part of the University Choir performing at many school and community events. He has a heart for serving others. During the pandemic, he volunteered at a local food distribution site. Prior to college, he held a donation drive for the homeless, garnering over $2,500 in donated items and 200 pounds of food. He also plants flowers and vegetables at the Howard County Community Garden. At his church, Jones serves on the youth leadership council and mentors youth in his congregation. For his community service efforts, he received awards and recognitions from U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-Maryland), Maryland Governor Joseph Hogan, and County Executive Calvin Ball.
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