|Chong Sean Xiong|
Sean is still in disbelief. “When I got my internship, I talked to (Steve) Otis, a team member and one of my mentors on the project about switching out of my school, and I told him about what I was going to do for my senior project. Otis said he’d buy me all the parts if I stay at Johnson and continue the senior project. So I agreed… I still haven’t figured out why the Blue Cross team is doing so much to help me when they know very little about me, which surprises me.”
After asking Otis why he got involved with the project, he replied to Sean, “Because I see potential in you, and I know you can do it.” Georg Lester, Sean’s manager at Blue Cross adds, “Sean is one of our teammates and as such, we have the opportunity to assist him. It is our job to encourage him and demonstrate the commitment to education and work… It is important for us to help Sean grow and get excited about the next steps in his life. This project is important in reaching and setting those next steps in his professional/educational career.” Along with Georg and Otis, mentor and team member Marilyn Morrison has also been instrumental in assisting Sean with the project.
|Sean Xiong with his Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota team|
Georg has been involved with Genesys Works since 2009. When asked about his thoughts of the program, he states, “I believe it is a great opportunity for both the students and participating organizations. The ability to share the corporate world with the students to get them familiar with its responsibilities and possibilities before moving into a College program is invaluable. As an organization, the chance to allow your employees to grow their mentorship skills and develop the "next" generation is invaluable.” He also believes that it is a privilege to get to work with a Genesys Works student because he gets to play the “big brother” role.
Sean and Georg represent one of six Young Professional-Manager pairings at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota this year. Our heartfelt thanks to all at Blue Cross who have made these relationships possible.