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On April 21, 2010, three senior executives from Alcoa Inc., one of the world’s leading producers of aluminum and a generous supporter of Global Kids’ Power of Citizenry Leadership program, met with students at GK’s own High School for Global Citizenship (HSGC) to share their career experiences and insights into the world of international business. Thirteen Global Kids Leaders welcomed Kay Meggers, Vice President of Corporate Initiatives, Matthias Obermayer, Vice President, Alcoa Program Office and Kelly Pasterick, Corporate Treasury Manager, to HSGC. The school serves students in the Crown Heights and Prospect Heights communities of Brooklyn and provides an educational experience for youth that is academically rigorous and student-centered, as well as highly participatory and interdisciplinary.

The panel was part of HSGC's Careers in Focus initiative, which seeks to expose students to a wide array of career fields through internships, job shadowing, and meetings with professionals. Mr. Meggers, Mr. Obermayer, and Ms. Pasterick spoke with students for over an hour, explaining the nature of Alcoa’s business and their individual roles within the company. The panel helped elucidate for students not only some of the intricacies of the business world, but also the steps necessary to achieve professional success in one’s chosen career.

During the second half of the panel the students were able to ask questions and the group engaged in a lively dialogue that touched on Alcoa’s role in promoting safety; the repercussions of the recent economic crisis and the measures that were taken to deal with it; and the challenges and opportunities of conducting environmentally-friendly industrial operations in the 21st- century global economy.