AudioAt Rally in the Valley, Creative Liquid Coatings’ Muñoz makes case for internships

GBIC hosted Rally in the Valley 2.0. This story includes an audio recording of everything Griselda Muñoz said at the networking event.

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – On Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation (GBIC) hosted their second annual Rally in the Valley Conference.

The networking event, held at the Brownsville Events Center, connected high school students from Brownsville ISD with prominent industry partners offering student internship opportunities. 

The Texas Workforce Commission participated, including Aaron Demerson, the commissioner representing employers on the TWC board.

Brownsville Mayor and GBIC Chairman of the Board John Cowen, Jr., said the dynamic networking event aimed to connect local high school students with prominent industry partners offering student internship opportunities. He said students attending will gain invaluable insights into potential career paths, engage with industry experts, and could even secure an internship with one of Brownsville’s leading employers.

“With the annual Rally in the Valley 2.0, GBIC emphasizes the importance of interactions between local students and industry leaders,” Cowen said. “Such engagements not only enlighten students about internship opportunities, but they also help them recognize and articulate their professional interests.”

Bret Gardella, CEO and executive director of GBIC, was just as enthusiastic about the event.

“This event, encapsulates our commitment to fostering the future of Brownsville,” said Bret Gardella, CEO and Executive Director of the GBIC. “We recognize the unmatched potential of Brownsville students. These young individuals are not just the future of our community, but also the key drivers of innovation and growth for the entire region.”

One of the panelists was Griselda Muñoz, senior HR manager at Creative Liquid Coatings. In her remarks, Muñoz told the students just how important internships can be.

“As you stand on the threshold of the professional world, remember that internships and the early stages of your career are much like the foundation of a building. They might not always be visible, but they provide essential support upon which your entire career was done.”

The panel discussion was titled: Bridging the Workforce Gap Between Industry and Education.

Here is an audio recording of everything Muñoz said during the panel discussion. GBIC’s Gardella was the panel moderator.

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