NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – A top financial executive visited Tennessee State University on Tuesday and gave students some valuable advice on how to be successful in the workplace, and life.
Leroy Abrahams, area president of Regions Financial Corporation, spoke to students in the Faculty Dining Room of Floyd Payne Campus Center. Most of the students were business and finance majors, but the event was open to all students.
TSU President Glenda Glover thanked Abrahams for coming to the university, which has a long relationship with Regions.
“We’re just proud and pleased to welcome Mr. Abrahams to our campus,” said Glover. “We thank Regions for their commitment to TSU. This is a special relationship.”
Abrahams has more than 30 years of banking experience and is ranked in the top 100 of the more than 20,000 employees at Regions. In that top 100, he is one of only two African Americans.
Abrahams said before the event that he wants students to understand that they’re going to face adversity, but that they should persevere, because they can achieve their objective.
“Most of the times our careers won’t go on a straight path,” he said. “Sometimes there’re deviations. But as long as there are opportunities to learn and grow, then that’s OK. It doesn’t have to be a straight path.”
TSU business finance major Carl Fisher said he’s glad Abrahams took time out of his busy schedule to talk to students.
“I want to get some tips so I can one day be in the same place as he,” said Fisher, a freshman from Atlanta.
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