The Compelling Why Success Sessions


The Compelling Why Success Sessions are half-day long seminars typically hosted at a local college or university to expose students to the college environment.

A typical Success Session includes the following:

  • Moderated Discussion: Speakers include successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives and community leaders who can effectively articulate their “compelling why” and whose life experiences and personal stories about the importance of education, personal responsibility and active engagement resonate with a teenage audience. By design, panelists are not sports or entertainment celebrities who disproportionately influence young people. They are local, approachable, and reflect the audiences’ ethnicity and gender, who represent a future to which students can aspire.
    Sessions are held on college and university campuses.
  • Opportunity Fairs: Students are introduced to school- and community-based programs that provide academic and life skill enrichment and promote the college-going culture. Programs that are already available on students’ school campuses and in their communities are featured.
  • Post-seminar Leadership Sessions: Optional in-person follow-up sessions by CW industry volunteers in collaboration with partner school districts are offered to partner schools to help reinforce the Success Session messages and facilitate a dialog on Leadership and other workforce survival skills.
  • Compelling Why "success stories" (video library): The CW success story library consists of filmed and edited seminar content so the reach of our stellar group of professionals and community leaders can be extended to students who are unable to attend. It will also serve as content that CW students can refer to in the future, and educators, youth service providers, and community groups can incorporate into their existing programs.