SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – “There is within each of you that spark, that heroism that affirms that you are here for purposes greater than yourself.”
That is what Gil Medina, executive vice president of Commercial Real Estate Group in Saddle Brook, told a group of Felician University students attending the school’s recent Male Empowerment Summit.
The event, entitled, “Being Unstoppable isn’t a Talent, it’s a Mindset,” was hosted by the university’s Educational Opportunity Fund program, the Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity and Alpha Delta Gamma Fraternity.
The summit was focused on uplifting students and inspiring them to pursue future careers, according to the university, which has campuses in Rutherford and Lodi.
Medina, who gave the keynote address, told students about his upbringing and schooling. He said his family migrated from Puerto Rico, and he attended Camden public schools before getting a full scholarship to Rutgers University and then Temple Law School. He eventually become a council member in Camden, and then the first and only Hispanic Secretary of Commerce for New Jersey.
He challenged students “to strive to be successful professionals in your chosen fields, but also, to strive for true greatness by becoming good and just human beings.”
Other speakers included academic and career counselors and successful Felician University alumni who told students things like perseverance and humility have helped them achieve career success.
“No matter what our circumstances are, it is all about how we manage and what we make of them,” Felician University President Anne Prisco told students. Work hard, work smart, and have integrity, advised them. “Those things really work.”