CEO Ron Sege will be inducted later this year into the Junior Achievement (JA) of Northern California Business Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame honors business executives who inspire students and serve as a role model for entrepreneurship, hard work and leadership, according to Emily A. Selzer, special events manager at the organization.
“Ron was identified as a leader who represents the values of Junior Achievement and would be an outstanding example of what business achievement means to our youth,” Selzer said. “He was selected by our nominating committee, which includes JA board members, along with past laureates.”
Founded in 1950, JA describes itself as a national “nonprofit organization inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy.” Sege first became involved with JA as a high school student in Palo Alto, California.
“As a teenager,” Sege recalled, “I never imagined that, decades later, I would be the CEO inviting JA participants to learn by doing from me.”
Sege is among the Northern California chief executives who allow JA students to spend part of a workday with them. This so-called “job shadow” program is a hallmark of the JA experience for 30 participating high schoolers who get a real-world feel for how business operates.
“We had a wonderful experience at the job shadow Echelon hosted and it was an impactful learning experience for our students,” Selzer said of the most recent JA job shadow program, focusing on renewable energy, in the fall of 2013.
As far back as 2000, when he was Executive Vice President of Lycos in Waltham, Mass, Sege has welcomed students into his world. In addition, he has served on the Northern California JA board, and was previously a member of the Junior Achievement of New England.
In addition, Sege helped establish the JA Titan program, which allows students to build and operate virtual companies in cyberspace. He served on the staff of the annual National Junior Achievement Conference (NAJAC) for a number of years and has been an advisor to a number of JA companies.
“I will never stop supporting this wonderful organization,” he said.
Along with Sege, several other business leaders will be honored at a Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame dinner Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. They are: Tim Westergren with Pandora; Paula Collins with WDG Ventures; Gregory Johnson with Franklin Templeton; and David West with Big Heart Pet Brands.
More than 300 San Francisco Bay area business executives are expected to attend. Tickets are $375/person; table sponsorships are available. For information and reservations, Selzer may be contacted at (925) 465-1072 or firstname.lastname@example.org.