LEAD eMagazine L.E.A.D. For Youth | Q2,2019 | Page 7

Connecting LEAD Ambassadors with the commerce community in Atlanta is essential to our mission of empowering an at-risk generation to lead and transform their City of Atlanta. We connect them with influential leaders who have a heart for leveling the playing field of life for young, Black males.

Many thanks to board member, Jon Kleinberg, of Transwestern for selecting Ambassador Antonio Pierce as a summer intern. In his own words, Antonio shares what this experience has meant to him.

My role at Transwestern is Investment Sales Intern. I was introduced to this opportunity through the L.E.A.D. Ambassador Program. I’ve been a part of LEAD since middle school and Coach CJ recommended me for this opportunity because of my loyalty and

dedication to the organization. LEAD and

"Transwestern is an amazing place to work with such a great culture. What I like about Transwestern is how genuine everyone is and how they make a place of business feel like a home.

Transwestern are a lot alike. For example, both organizations value people and relationships. I have added so many relationships to my network during this internship. Without relationships, you have no business. The power of relationships and networking have been the most powerful lessons I’ve learned over the years. Without LEAD, I wouldn’t have been connected with Mr. Kleinberg and Transwestern. Mr. Kleinberg has even helped me with an internship opportunity in Savannah next summer. I’m thankful for this opportunity to lead and be led."