Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education


Divisional Sales Manager Barrett Wragg provides unparalleled customer service for T. Rowe Price, where he has worked for nearly 15 years. Dedicated to improving conditions for Maryland’s students, Barrett Wragg also works with the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) to help local students succeed.

Created in 1992 with the goal of helping Maryland students achieve more, MBRT would like to see every Maryland student graduate from high school ready to succeed, whether in a university setting or in his or her future career. MBRT recognizes certain problems within Maryland schools and works in partnership with local businesses and state government to enact positive change. Members identify key issues and work with local leadership to address these issues.

Students directly benefit through new curriculum as well as mentoring from MBRT members. In one of MBRT’s greatest achievements, visiting speakers from the Maryland Scholars Speakers Bureau address students from time to time. These volunteering business leaders motivate students, encouraging them to work hard now for great rewards later in life.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Changing Lives through INROADS Internships

In addition to serving as a divisional sales manager for T. Rowe Price, Barrett Wragg works to support Maryland students in several ways. Barrett Wragg works with INROADS, helping local students land internships with prominent companies.

Recognizing an underrepresentation of people of color in executive-level roles in corporate America, INROADS aims to close the professional achievement gaps that are present in many industries in the United States. Since 1970, INROADS has been dedicated to giving qualified candidates a leg up into the professional world.

Paid internships through INROADS help undergraduate college students from underserved backgrounds get their foot in the door in their chosen career. The organization matches interns with partnering corporations, and then continues to provide them with support and mentoring throughout the internship.

INROADS considers its goal met when an intern is hired by his or her sponsor after graduation. More than 90 percent of INROADS interns have achieved this happy outcome over the last few years, demonstrating the program’s success.