"If it wasn’t for this program and Sam’s Club, I would not have been able to go to school," says Charlene.
Charlene currently works as a Fresh Manager in Club 6651 in Catonsville, Maryland. Although her focus is in the fresh department, Charlene takes pride in assisting members and teammates throughout the Club lending a hand and her expertise.
"I love what I do. I knew if I wanted to achieve even bigger dreams; gaining a college education would be important," says Charlene.
While in school at Southern New Hampshire University over the last three years, Charlene has learned more about business, culture, leadership, and people. Which are key skills she says to help her thrive in her role at Sam’s Club. During this same three-year period, Charlene has been promoted three times from a team lead to manager in training to her current role as manager on the fresh team.
"I believe school has helped me a lot with my growth, the skills I have learned I am able to apply to my new leadership role and be able to teach, train, and mentor team members," says Charlene.
Charlene walked across the graduation stage in November and in the crowd for the momentous occasion were her children, father, and best friend. A proud and powerful memory she won’t forget.