Hopeworks’ H.O.P.E Summit empowers aspiring professionals to advance their careers

Hopeworks, a Camden-based nonprofit and social enterprise that propels young adults ages 17 to 27 into long-term, living-wage careers, hosted its first annual H.O.P.E. Summit, a transformative event that brought together thought leaders, professionals and advocates committed to shaping a brighter future for young adults.

The 2024 H.O.P.E. Summit showcased a dynamic series of panel discussions, networking opportunities and interactive workshops, focusing on crucial topics such as digital literacy, professional development and navigating artificial intelligence.

Attendees received insightful perspectives from renowned industry leaders, including Kevin Rice, vice president, information technology – infrastructure and application platforms at Campbell Soup Co.; M.G. Pinizzotto, IT director – marketing, human resources and legal systems, data trust and enablement, ADA accessibility, Subaru of America; Mindy Kang, vice president, product development – next generation access networks, Comcast; Carrie Brooke, chief operating officer, Technical.ly; Hakeem Ruiz, president, Block that Gives Back; and many more.

By curating engaging panel discussions, educational workshops and networking sessions, the H.O.P.E. Summit created an environment where attendees could explore various industries and pathways to higher education.

“The inaugural H.O.P.E Summit was a transformative event that left a lasting impact on all attendees. It provided a unique platform for individuals to experience a truly immersive and empowering journey towards personal and professional growth,” Angel Serrano, senior director of development at Hopeworks, said. “The significance of the H.O.P.E. Summit for our region cannot be overstated. It plays a pivotal role in bridging the gap between talented individuals and the resources needed to unlock their full potential. We are deeply grateful for the support we’ve received from our community, partners and beyond who helped make this event a success.”

By equipping attendees with the knowledge and connections necessary to succeed, the summit fosters a vibrant and dynamic workforce that fuels economic growth and innovation. It empowers individuals by arming them with the resources, guidance and connections necessary to navigate their career paths successfully and paves the way for a brighter future for communities and the region as a whole.

The event was sponsored by Seer Interactive, Holman, Campbell’s Soup Co., CDW, Subaru, Pinelands Preservation Alliance and NJM Insurance Group.