Taylor Salomon (left) receiving the 2017 Team Walker Outstanding Service Award from University Alumnus Jerry Walker’03 (right).
Stillman sophomore Taylor Salomon, major in mathematical finance, was awarded the 2017 Team Walker Outstanding Service Award for her dedication and commitment to the Team Walker organization.
The organization is headquartered in the heart of Jersey City and operates out of a community service center that was built two years ago through corporate and endowment funding. Salomon assists the organization by working with the children of Jersey City and teaching them fundamental skills that will help make them successful further in life. Volunteers like Salomon play an essential role in Team Walker's initiative.
"Jerry Walker and his brother created an amazing program that has touched my heart," said Taylor. "The first time I set foot in Team Walker I interacted with students in grammar school. To my surprise, they loved coming to school because of Team Walker's after school program. I am glad to be a part of an organization that focuses on children's needs. I have no doubt that these kids will grow up with manners, mentors, and motivation to succeed."
Team Walker was founded in 1996 by Seton Hall University basketball legend and Stillman Entrepreneur Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Walker '03, founding president and CEO. Team Walker's mission is to "improve the quality of life for the children of Jersey City." Walker and his brother, Jasper, co-founded the organization and credit organizations like Team Walker for their success over the years. Team Walker seeks to empower inner-city youth by offering after-school and summer programs that teach sports, academics and life skills.
"My high school coach, Bob Hurley, used to go around my neighborhood while I was at St. Anthony's and you never wanted him to see you just hanging around. This helped keep me out of trouble and now I'm trying to do the same and keep these kids out of trouble," said Jerry Walker.
Introduced to Team Walker through her involvement in the Gerald P. Buccino '63 Center for Leadership Development Program, Salomon was able to successfully translate her leadership skills to a professional setting. Michael Reuter, program director, has overseen the four-time national award-winning program since 2007.
"Taylor has become a role model to everyone through her involvement with Team Walker," Reuter said. "Her selfless giving and caring for others exemplifies the Program, the Stillman School of Business and Seton Hall's highest standards of servant leadership."
Reuter's main goal as program director is to help business students hone in on their leadership potential and discover their strengths. Reuter has successfully elevated the program and, as a result of its growing recognition and success, the network of affiliated business professionals and leaders has grown exponentially.
Salomon's responsibilities at Team Walker have grown over time. She redesigned the organization's website and incorporated new technological platforms to increase efficiency in the workplace. Additionally, Salomon has also been tasked with tracking the financial planning and budget to ensure Team Walker's programs remain sustainable.
Salomon embodies the mission and goals of both the Stillman School of Business and the greater Seton Hall community. Through her servant leadership and various other extracurricular involvements, Taylor serves as a prime example of a successful student preparing herself to be a leader in the professional world.
Outside of her volunteering at Team Walker, Salomon was also selected as a Freshman Studies Peer Adviser and plays for the Women's Club Volleyball Team.
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