The Home Depot Headquarters located in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted its very first AUC (Atlanta University Center) Day on Oct. 19.
Open to students from Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College, there were twenty students chosen to attend the event.
Home Depot provided transportation via Uber, lunch and other gifts for selected students which including wireless speakers and customized hats.
Vice president Jordan Broggi opened for Home Depot’s team with students also hearing from members of the intern recruiting staff, Myra Reeves, Katrina Holloway and Natalie McNulty; three women who organized the event.
Spelman College alumna, Myra Reeves expressed how she believed creating this event was long overdue. She delivered an emotional presentation concerning how she felt as if it was no reason for The Home Depot Headquarters to not be involved with the AUC when they are right around the corner. She even got emotional as she spoke.
The panel of AUC graduates was the highlight of the event. The panel consisted of men and women who work in the marketing, accounting and finance departments, with one woman being the head of the finance department. The panel included two Morehouse College graduates, two Spelman College graduates and one Clark Atlanta University graduate. The panel shared their stories of transitioning from HBCUs to the corporate world, how it is working in the corporate world as a Black person and how it is important to always be well represented. The moderator of the event, who graduated from Spelman College, spoke to the students as well. She expressed the importance of building strong relationships with professors and keeping in touch with them over the years.
Kennedy Morgan, a Clark Atlanta University junior, stated “I had the best time ever at the AUC Day Event. The event opened my eyes to the corporate world and now I have interest in working in the corporate world. After the panel discussions, the students were taken on a tour of the facility and shown various things in the facility. The students were taught about the history of The Home Depot, while being introduced to many important people in the headquarters.
The results of The Home Depot AUC Day event; students were introduced to the corporate world, the students were allowed to ask first hand questions, meet university recruiters, and talk to people who have the same careers they aspired to have. Students were also encouraged to leave resumes.