Roz currently works at Center Stage as the Director of Community programs and Education. When she was growing up she loved telling stories and making art. She did not think that she could be a professional artist because she had no role models that proved that you could be successful and not be a “starving artist.” When Roz went to college she decided to major in broadcast journalism. She wanted to be the next Oprah Winfrey. However, she ended up pressuring her passion in preforming arts. In addition to working at the theater, she directs plays at smaller theaters in Baltimore. She encouraged job seekers to figure out what their own passions are and peruse it.
Nash works at Morgan Stanley. When he was growing up his parents often struggled financially and were in debt. He was always setting goals. Nash set a goal to support is his parents. He said it is important to “be persistent, and do not let other people drag you down.” Nash said it is good to set long term and short term goals. He also supported “faking it till you make it.” Nash received a scholarship to a private high school, which was completely different to his previous experience in schools. He had to get used to the social cues and make it up until he figured it out. Nash told job seekers to say “I chose to” instead of “I can’t.” He said it will make you feel more confident and in control.
Denene is the executive director of Safe House of Hope. She grew up in Baltimore City. She went to college and while she was there she met her future husband. She decided to drop out and work. She became an assistant comptroller at the age of 19. She was very successful and helped pay for her husband to finish college. They moved all over the country and the world with their 8 children. She learned that things change, and in order to succeed and move on you need to accept the changed and adapt. When Denene came back to Baltimore she started doing street outreach for sex workers. She started Safe House of Hope to help people from suffering. She did not have much experience with non-profit work, but she was resourceful and found mentors. Denene told job seekers to set goals, and practice. She said that not meeting a goal is not failure, but practice for meeting it the next time.