GGC student accepted to prestigious Prudential Peak Leadership Conference

Crystal Thompson

Crystal Thompson 

Crystal Thompson, a Georgia Gwinnett College student from Augusta, was selected as one of only two Georgia students to attend the three-day Prudential Peak Leadership Conference held recently at the corporate headquarters of Prudential in Newark, N.J. The conference showcases leadership and career paths within Prudential, give students direct access to internship opportunities and feature careers in finance, business, marketing, MIS, accounting and more.

“Prudential’s staff was incredible and shared insightful knowledge about the company’s culture, products and leadership,” Thompson said. “I learned not only leadership skills, but also how to build a personal brand and that diversity drives innovation.”

Criteria for student selection includes a 3.0 or higher GPA, a business or liberal arts major and strong interest in financial services. All expenses and travel arrangements are provided by Prudential.

Thompson, 20, cited GGC as playing a role in her personal development by offering opportunity, encouraging leadership, creativity, service, scholarship and support. The experience has led her academic, career and personal growth.

“I chose to attend GGC because of its positive atmosphere and intimate academic environment,” Thompson said. “Professors like Dr. Douglas Johnson have inspired me to strive for greater heights with their great work ethics and dedication to their students.”

“When I received information about the Prudential Peak Leadership Conference, I immediately thought of Crystal, as she embodies the core values of GGC as an exceptional student leader, achieving both inside and outside the classroom,” Johnson said. “She is a prime representation of holistic student development  and is a great ambassador for the college.”

In the future, Thompson will consider a Prudential summer internship and plans to attend graduate school to become a management analyst with aspirations of entrepreneurship.

An involved student, she is currently on the president’s list and received the GGC Global Citizen Award as well as several academic and service scholarships. She attended the GGC Ecuador Global Civic Engagement program in March through the college’s Office of Internationalization, and enjoys reading and country music during her leisure time.

“She is truly a servant leader and consistently looks for ways to enhance the lives of others,” Johnson said. “Her resilience is admirable, and positive energy is contagious.”

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