FCI Herlong – Presentation on Personal Branding
Thanks to an inmate and Tamara Brown I was invited out to present at FCI Herlong to their camp during their “Skills That Pay the Bills Workshop” on August 20, 2015.
Importance of Personal Branding
One of the inmates was looking for a presenter who could talk about personal branding, as that is something that is of high importance when it comes to reentry after being a convicted felon. He found me through some help from a VA and was able to make it happen.
I had an amazing time with the inmates (over 5 hours) and look forward to going back in September for an entrepreneurship class they are putting on. I heard some positive feedback on my presentation and know that they gained some insight that will help them to position themselves for success when they pursue their next career.
An Enlightening Experience
What I didn’t expect from the time I spent with the inmates was how much I would gain from them and learn about their situation. It was so motivating to see their hunger for knowledge and their planning for success. The camp at FCI Herlong is for inmates who have non-violent crimes, drug related or white-collar crimes. What was amazing was seeing the support they had for each other and also how smart some of the inmates are. I was able to meet a lawyer, real estate professionals, a doctor, a farmer, engineers and more. Although they made a bad decision at some point that ended with them in FCI Herlong, I know that many of the inmates will do great things when they get out.
It was very motivating to hear their stories and more importantly their goals! FCI Herlong is doing a great job of putting together classes and providing the resources needed to educate the inmates and prepare them for their next step in life. I believe they take donations of books, so if you feel moved, please connect with them and send some positive, inspiring and educational books their way.
Upon finishing my presentation they gave me a thank you card, which is appreciated, however, it is my turn to say thank you! The hospitality was very welcoming, lunch was great and I look forward to going back and continuing to share what knowledge I can to the inmates.