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NHCL: Leadership and Learning

Hi, my name is Laura and I am a grade 12 student at Leaside High School. I had the opportunity today to be a part of the National High School Leadership Conference today with many other ambitious and creative students around the world. This blog will highlight what I have learned about finance.

We cannot solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them - Albert Einstein

To kick off the day, the opening ceremony introduced us to post-secondary in business. Coming out of high school, there are many opportunities that await at every university. Today I learned that Brock university offers a dual-credit program.

During this workshop, I learned from Alina Huang how she got to Deloitte and IBM. The key takeaway from this workshop is that when going into an interview, it is best, to be honest, genuine, and real with the interviewer.

The world of finance:

This was my favorite workshop as I got to test my skills during the mini-quiz. I learned about other forms of investing besides commodities and stocks. With previous knowledge on Warren Buffet, I learned additionally his motto for investing “If you’re not willing to invest in a company for 10 years, do not invest for 10 seconds”.

Deloitte Keynote:

Getting over adversity and pride. Sometimes it is hard to ask for help while being in a male-dominated sport. As a captain of my robotics team, I know what it’s like to feel scared to ask for help. This keynote helped us students feel comfortable to ask for help; reach out.

Entrepreneurship and leadership know no boundaries.

I consider myself a learner in the entrepreneurship field. With $5, it’s amazing to see how far a company can come. My business would be all about empowering females in technology. Many of the world's biggest tech companies have started in their garage probably with around $5. With an innovative mindset and shaping the future in a positive way, I believe a company supporting young females in technology is a great startup.

Closing Blog Content:

  1. I am very passionate about finance and portfolio management. I hope in the future I can apply my skills to help others.

  2. Diversify, diversify, diversify. I can’t stress this enough. In a society where everything is rapidly changing, with both highs and lows, the stock that costs the most on the market may not be the best stock to invest in. A stock that looks to be underperforming can just as easily bounce back.



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