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The L.E.O. Initiative

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The Leaders & Entrepreneurs of Orange (L.E.O.) Initiative strives to provide professional guidance, educational workshops, and volunteer opportunities to local college students to help them prepare for life after graduation. We also offer many opportunities for professional connections, to boost your resume, and to meet other like-minded students and business owners in Orange. The L.E.O. Initiative is a program made for students by a current student. With help from established professionals from the Orange Chamber of Commerce, local universities, and businesses in the City of Orange, we are excited to welcome students from Chapman University, Santiago Canyon College, and South Coast College to join us in this workshop series!

What Sparked the Creation of the L.E.O. Initiative?

"Going through college is a weird experience; you’re legally an adult but you struggling to learn how to make a doctor’s appointment without asking your parents for help. Since turning 18, I have yet to refer to myself as a real adult and prefer to say “partially grown,” which seems like a fitting term for college life. As a partially grown adult, there are a lot of responsibilities affecting my future that I know nothing about. From taxes to any kind of insurance, these things exist out of school and out of some households. As someone who grew up in an immigrant household, tasks like these weren’t always easy for my parents and further limited my options for learning. This leaves me here; soon to be 21 years old and still texting my mom to ask if I qualify as “Single” or “Head of Household” on my W-2. As much as I wish I could push aside dealing with expiring health insurance and 2021 tax fillings, I know that they’ll still be daunting no matter where I go. To my fellow Gen Z’s and anyone who’s just as confused, it’s time to take matters into our own hands!" - Joey Lin (Chapman University, Class of 2023)

From an idea that stemmed from a conversation between Joey and her direct supervisor Connie Chan, the Operations Manager at the Orange Chamber of Commerce, the foundation for the L.E.O. Initiative began to form. With the help of James Gerrard from Chapman University and Christine Mantyla from South Coast College, we are pleased to launch this amazing workshop series in February 2022!

Learn About Our Inaugural Program!

This workshop program is open to students from Chapman University, Santiago Canyon College, and South Coast College.

Student Benefits:

In additional to the educational benefits, completing all three courses will allow you to receive:

  • Certificate of Completion
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Access to Networking Opportunities

 

Please click on the course titles below to be directed to our individual registration pages.

 

Courses:

Finding Your New Job - February 18th, 2022

Preparing to apply for jobs after college can be daunting. It’s common to ask yourself “What jobs are out there?”, “What can I do with my degree, certificate or skills?”, “What do I say in an interview?”, “How do I negotiate being paid fairly?”, when you are looking for a first or new job. This course is designed to help you know the answer to these questions.

 

Financial Literacy - March 11th, 2022

In this workshop, you will learn what financial literacy is, who to trust, and how to continue to learn. Topics will include things to know and documents you will need when you are newly hired for a job, how to create and maintain a budget, how to improve your credit score, how to file your taxes, and how to understand common tax documents. 

You will additionally learn about different retirement plans offered by employers, you will understand what they are, how to maximize them, and what to do if you leave the company. We will also learn how to create and maintain a healthy budget utilizing strategies to help you have good spending habits. Lastly, we will discuss the importance of improving your credit score, and how it affects you throughout your adulthood. 

 

Working with Others and Emotional Intelligence - April 22nd, 2022 

Behavioral psychologists have researched the theory that people’s behavior can be roughly classified into four groups. By recognizing your dominant style and developing the ability to identify traits in others, you can use Emotional Intelligence to change your behavior to interact with a wide variety of personalities and tendencies.

 

If you have any questions or would like more information, please reach out to info@orangechamber.com.