Mentorship Matters: Prashant Bashyal

Prashant Bashyal was a 16-year-old high school junior at Westside High School when his school bus route took him past the Sysco headquarters in the Energy Corridor of Houston for the first time. Each time he passed the building, he wondered about the people who worked there and what it would be like to walk the halls of that building. Prashant was looking for part-time work with fast food restaurants at the time but had not been successful. This story is part of our monthly Mentorship Matters series.

Genesys Works Receives $400,000 Investment from The George Foundation to Expand to Fort Bend Independent School District

Genesys Works (GW) today announced a grant of $400,000 from The George Foundation to improve career readiness for young people in Fort Bend County. The funds will support the organization’s mission of providing pathways to career success for students in underserved communities across the region by teaching them in-demand skills and connecting them to professional opportunities.

Gratitude at Optum: A Case Study

February is Gratitude Month at Genesys Works. We hope you already know this, but if you don’t: that means that during this month in particular, we embed within our everyday interactions gratitude by practicing intentional recognition, appreciation, and celebration of the people in our lives. And we encourage the Genesys Works network – supervisors, young professionals, program coordinators – to embed gratitude into their work this month – and beyond.

2-Year to 4-Year: Omar Ceesay’s Transfer Journey

We sat down with Genesys Works Twin Cities 2018 alumnus and former Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota intern and Think IT Scholar Omar Ceesay to learn about his transition from a two-year college to a four-year college this year.

February 2020 Feature: Making Internships Meaningful

During the month of February, we take time to say Thank You to our young professionals, supervisors, and supporters! We’re grateful every day for the dedication each and every one of you brings to your role, and want to provide some advice for bringing gratitude into your workplace this February! We selected two particularly awesome individuals for our February Featured Intern and Supervisor, and asked them (and their respective supervisor and intern) why they’re thankful and how to show it.

CIOL Executive Dialogue Panel Announced

New this year, we’re hosting an Executive Dialogue prior to our CIO Luncheon. Our moderated distinguished panel of technology executives – Anil Arcalgud (Ecolab), Tom Butterfield (TCF Bank), and Sarah Engstrom (CHS) – will provide key industry insights, including the latest technology trends and opportunities, recruitment and retention of diverse, local talent, how vendors partner meaningfully to add value, why being involved in the community is good for business, and more. Session tickets are available to sponsors of the event. Contact Aileen Kasper ( to learn how to get involved.

Genesys Works Chicago Announces New Executive Director

CHICAGO, IL — Genesys Works, a national social enterprise committed to providing pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities, announced today that Kim Day is the new Executive Director for Chicago.   Kim Day, as a founder and an innovator of a network of schools serving 2,000 students across Chicago, saw the impact […]