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GGC student selected for leadership conference

Crystal Thompson

Crystal Thompson

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Georgia Gwinnett College student with career plans in the financial industry was recently selected to attend a leadership conference that gave students direct access to internships.

Crystal Thompson, 20, was selected to attend the three-day Prudential Peak Leadership Conference in Newark, N.J. that showed examples of leadership and career paths inside Prudential. The Augusta native was among students who have an interest in finance, business, marketing and accounting. She plans to attend graduate school to become a management analyst, and aspires to be an entrepreneur.

Thompson said Prudential's staff shared insight into the company's culture, products and leadership.

"I learned not only leadership skills, but also how to build a personal brand and that diversity drives innovation," Thompson said in a press release.

The criteria to be selected was that a student must have a 3.0 grade-point average. and be a business or liberal arts major with a strong interest in financial services.

Thompson credited GGC management professor Douglas Johnson, and the college overall, for developing her leadership, creativity, service and scholarship. She said professors like Johnson inspired her to strive for greater heights because of their work ethic and dedication with students.

Johnson said Thompson was the first student he thought of when he received information about the conference.

"She embodies the core values of GGC as an exceptional student leader, achieving both inside and outside the classroom," Johnson said. "She is a primerepresentation of holistic student development and is a great ambassador for the college." Thompson is on the president's list, and has received the GGC Global Citizen Award. In March, she attended the GGC Ecuador Global Civic Engagement program.

"She is truly a servant leader and consistently looks for ways to enhance the lives of others," Johnson said. "Her resilience is admirable, andpositive energyis contagious."