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National Career Academy (NCA) is a training conference uniting INROADS College Links high school scholars from across the U.S. for career exploration and skills development. The 2021 theme is Next Level Leadership: (E)ducate, (E)ngage, (E)levate, and (E)mpower.

High school scholars will virtually participate in various activities throughout the week including STEM Exploration Powered by STEMBoard and INROADS, entrepreneurship training, and other development activities. NCA will also include an alumni panel moderated by College Links scholars. Our graduating seniors will be honored at the culmination of the week-long event. Scholars will also receive swag and opportunities for daily giveaways.

For more information contact Andrea Johnson-Lee, National Director of College Links, at ajohnsonlee@INROADS.org.


2021 Virtual NCA Agenda

(Subject to change, last updated 6/17/2021)

Monday, June 21, 2021 

Central Standard Time Zone  

10:00 am - 10:30 am  

Welcome 

 

 

The Level Up Team 

 

 

Introduction of INROADS  President/CEO  

 

 

Leadership at the Highest Level  

Andrea Johnson-Lee, INROADS National Director of College Links 

 

INROADS College Links Program Managers 

  

 

Andrea Johnson-Lee 

 

 

 

Forest Harper, INROADS President/CEO  

 

  

 

 

Introduction: Procter & Gamble Representatives 

Amanda Sargent, Program Manager (Dallas)  

10:30 am - 11:30am  

P&G – CPG Sales College 101 

Kris Jacobson, P&G Sales Operations Manager and Arthur Spears, Senior Account Executive 

11:30 am  - 11:45 am  

BREAK 

 

11:45 am - 12:00 pm  

Taking it to the Next Level   

Jonathan Duval, Scholar Entrepreneur (Chicago) 

  

Introduction: STEMBoard  

Amanda Sargent   

12:00 pm - 1:30pm 

STEM Exploration Part I: 

  • Music Through Movement 
  • In The Driver’s Seat 

Jarvis Sulcer, PhD, VP of Education & Outreach  & STEMBoard Team 

1:30pm - 1:45pm  

Next Steps/Q&A 

Amanda Sargent  



Tuesday, June 22, 2021 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT  

Central Standard Time Zone  

10:00am - 10:15 am  

Welcome & Day Overview 

Pierre Campbell, Program Manager (DC) 

10:15 am - 11:45 am  

P&G – CPG Sales College 101 

Kris Jacobson and Arthur Spears 

11:45 am - 12:00 pm  

BREAK 

 

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm  

P&G Future Leader Awards (9th grade) 

Brian Williams, VP, Sam’s Club Team Leader; INROADS Board Member 

12:15 pm - 1:45pm  

STEM Exploration Part II 

  

STEMBoard Team  

1:45pm - 2:00 pm  

Next Steps/Q&A 

Jenille Reid, Program Manager (Chicago) 



Wednesday, June 23, 2021

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT   

Central Standard Time Zone

10:00am - 10:15am  

Welcome & Day Overview 

Sha-Ron Dean, Program Manager (Orlando)  

10:15 am - 11:45 am  

P&G: Case Study I  

Kris Jacobson and Arthur Spears 

11:45 am - 12:00 pm  

BREAK 

 

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm  

UHG Scholar Awards  

(10th grade)  

 

Helena Haynes-Carter, Inclusion & Diversity Business Enablement Leader Engagement; INROADS Board Member 

12:15 pm - 1:45pm  

STEM Exploration Part III  

STEMBoard Team  

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm  

Next Steps/Q&A 

Marcell Williams, Interim Program Manager (Oakland) 



Thursday, June 24, 2021 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

Central Standard Time Zone 

10:00am - 10:15 am  

Welcome 

Day Overview 

Introduce:  

MERCK representative 

Ally James, Sr. Program Manager (Newark) 

10:15 am - 12:15 pm  

Forging Boldly Into The Future  

Celeste R. Warren, VP Global Diversity & Inclusion COE with MERCK; INROADS Board Member 

12:15pm - 12:30 pm  

BREAK 

 

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm  

Merck Merit Awards  

(11th grade)  

Celeste R. Warren, VP Global Diversity & Inclusion COE; INROADS Board Member 

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm 

STEM Exploration Part IV 

STEMBoard Team 

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm  

Next Steps/Q&A  

Michael Johnson, Program Manager – Cristo Rey (Atlanta)  



Friday, June 25, 2021 

CULMINATION CELEBRATION 

Central Standard Time Zone 

10:00 am - 10:15 am  

Welcome 

Day Overview 

Introduce: Panel 

Ligaya West, Program Manager (Cincinnati) 

10:15 am - 11:30 am  

Looking Back & Pulling Forward to the Next Level  

INROADS Alumni Panel 

D&I – Yara DeSousa, Director of Diversity & Inclusion; Curry College 

Entrepreneur - Benjamin Lioue, Collegiate Coaching Partners - Founder  

STEM - Evelyn Mojica, Systems Engineer; Lockhead Martin   

Health Care - Alehae Khan, Associate Network Contractor; UHG  

Technology  - Robert Marcus, Sr. Manager, Worldwide Business Development; Beats by Dr. Dre/Apple  

11:30 am - 11:45 am  

BREAK 

 

11:45 am - 11:50 am  

Introduction: BABSON University  

 Carrie Puczko, Program Manager (Minneapolis) 

 

11:50 am - 1:30 pm  

Creating the Brand Called “YOU” 

Leticia D. Stallworth, Founder and President, Babson College Black Affinity Network 

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm  

Break 

 

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm  

Rising to the Top: INROADS College Links NCA STEM Leaders 

 

L3 Harris Achievement Awards (12th grade) 

Jarvis Sulcer, STEMBoard 

 

 

 

Jim Girard, VP and CHRO; INROADS Board Member 

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm 

 

Graduating Seniors Salute 

Ligaya West, Program Manager (Cincinnati) 

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm  

Closing Remarks 

Forest Harper and Andrea Johnson- Lee