We’ve all been asked one time or another, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Many will say they want to be lawyers, teachers, police officers and athletes. What’s missing from the conversation are careers like mathematician, chemist, art director, automotive supplier and careers surrounding the STEM fields. Lucerne International CEO Mary Buchzeiger is passionate about supporting students who aspire to reach career heights, and helping them explore careers they didn’t even know existed. So when Mary was asked to sit on a panel of STEM professionals, her immediate answer was yes.
This event was presented by Women In Defense (WID), a nonprofit professional networking and development organization for women and men across Michigan who contribute to national defense and security. The WID Michigan chapter realized the demand for skilled workers in science, technology, engineering and math, which inspired the launch of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). The STEM initiative launched in 2010 with the mission to engage with local schools and businesses to encourage and inspire young people to pursue STEM careers. During the event, Mary spoke to a group of energetic and curious 4th and 5th graders about how diligence and hard work led her to where she is today.
Mary and the Lucerne International team are dedicated to giving back tothe community through philanthropy and mentorship. She supports nonprofit organizations such as Winning Futures, The Children’s Center in Detroit and Junior Achievements. Lucerne International also sponsored 60 high school students to attend the 2017 MichAuto Summit held in Detroit, MI.
At the end of the event, the organizers gifted each student with a coffee mug, but there was a catch. The students were not allowed to use the mug until the first day at their dream job. They were to place it somewhere they could see it so that every time they look at it, they would be reminded about their career goals. To close the discussion, Mary left the students with her favorite mantra, “The dream is free, the hustle is sold separately.”