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Join us for the Next Maggie Daley Speaker Series: John Franklin

Our next event in the Maggie Daley Speaker Series is FXW alumnus John (“Johnny”) Franklin, who will speak to the FXW community on Tuesday, April 16 at 8:30 a.m. in the HNC Auditorium. He will be the first alum to be featured as part of the Maggie Daley Speaker Series.

After attending Whitney Young, Johnny went on to Northwestern University, where he graduated in June 2018 as the School of Engineering’s Co-op Student of the Year. He currently works for Google in New York City and has interned for Pixar and in several Google offices throughout the world. Also, last spring Johnny joined 120 other college students from across the globe at VHacks, the first-ever student hackathon hosted in Vatican City. The students were challenged to use cutting-edge technology to address some of the most difficult issues of our time, such as social inclusion, interfaith dialogue, and aiding migrants and refugees. Johnny’s team worked to develop an app that reunites lost refugees with their families and friends using facial recognition software and a worldwide database.

In reflecting on this experience, Johnny stated, “The incentive isn’t money. The incentive isn’t pride. It’s really just doing it for someone else to improve their lives.”

Johnny will discuss his experiences at Google and Pixar and his participation in VHacks, and will talk about how an FXW education prepares students for academic achievement and instills a commitment to service. Johnny will also address how “success” is measured and achieved in high school, college, and the work force (HINT: Google’s own study showed that for them, STEM expertise is the LEAST important factor for success).

Johnny’s presentation will use a Q&A format. In order to provide the best possible experience, please let us know what topics you would most like him to address or what questions you would like him to answer.

To register for this event, please click here.