Summit Welcomes Mayor Tom Barrett as a Career Speaker

Milwaukee's own Mayor Tom Barrett visited Summit today to give career talks to the Boys' and Girls' programs. He shared about his experience serving as the mayor with the Summit students.

Mayor Barrett began by speaking a little bit of Spanish, which impressed the Summit kids. He then talked about his journey that took him into politics and his role as the mayor of Milwaukee for the last 10 years. He also talked about the importance of the virtue of perseverance, because everybody is going to fail sometimes, but it is important to get back up and keep going forward. After talking about his own path, he stressed 3 main points to the Summit kids:

1. Participate in Democracy - The mayor emphasized how important it is to participate, and that is the way we can all make changes in our community!
2. Study Hard and Stay in School
- He talked about the importance of getting a good education and working hard.
3. Believe in Yourself! - Citing examples like Michael Jordan, he stressed how important it is to believe in yourself and to be perseverant in order to achieve your goals.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured Summit with photos from the mayor's visit: Check out the photos here.


Each week, career speakers representing a variety of professions visit Summit to talk to the students about their careers and how they got where they are today. In addition to the mayor, speakers this summer have included a pilot, a doctor, a firefighter, and business professionals. Many students are inspired to by these speakers to pursue a particular career in the future, and they all are motivated to work hard in school to one day follow their dreams, where ever those may lead.

Nicole Heger