Stephanie Alcee, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, spoke at Pinellas County Job Corps last month as female students on campus participated in a special Women’s Summit to help these youth understand and embrace their worth.
ST. PETERSBURG — There was energy in the air at Pinellas County Job Corps last month as female students on campus got to participate in a special Women’s Summit to help these youth understand and embrace their worth. This all-day event featured break-out sessions on topics ranging from skills to prepare them for the workforce to essentials for a work-life balance and the basics of adulthood.
During a working lunch, the students learned about proper etiquette for dining in a work environment or formal occasion. Two keynote speakers gave inspirational speeches: Sergeant First Class Eliana Tate and Stephanie Alcee, a certified registered nurse anesthetist.
Sgt. First Class Tate shared her journey, starting as a nurse in her native country of Peru and Italy before joining the U.S. Army in 2011. She’s won numerous awards and told the students that a big reason for her success had been hard work and a determination never to give up.
While in the army, Sgt. Tate switched to the information technology field with more advanced training as her next goal. She shared a mantra she learned from one of her mentors, which focuses on the word “one.”
“Every time, like it’s the last time. You can always do one more of something. One more push-up, one more foot in front of the other, one more pound in your rucksack, one more leadership position … give your very best effort to everyone thing because it might be the last chance you ever get to do it.”
The second keynote speaker, Alcee, has been working in the medical field in Florida since 2004. Originally from New York, her message was intended to spread awareness about succeeding in a predominantly white male field. She shared that her position as a certified registered nurse anesthetist is the highest paid in the nursing profession. The position requires an advanced graduate degree, but the payoff is significant in terms of income and a flexible lifestyle.
Both women encouraged the trainees to push themselves forward to bright and successful futures.