RRD Executives and Next Step to Success Students seek success without fear

RRD Executives and Next Step to Success Students seek success without fear

March 13, 2024

On a warm and windy day in February, steps from the sandy beaches of Virginia Beach oceanfront, RR Donnelley (RRD), global provider of marketing, packaging, print, and supply chain solutions, invited the high school students from the Norfolk nonprofit Next Step To Success to join their top executives for an afternoon of teambuilding and connection. This highly anticipated annual sales summit brought together the leading executives of RRD for three days of growth, innovation, and fearless determination. This year, the national sales summit had a special focus on "Fearless Growth," a characteristic that every high-energy and successful employee needs to thrive in the competitive business world. And what better way to exemplify this spirit than by partnering with the inspiring teens from Next Step To Success? These exceptional young minds were eager to showcase how their program teaches invaluable qualities such as grit, perseverance, and learned optimism.

The atmosphere was electric as the two groups were divided into teams, ready to embark on a thrilling challenge that would put their creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving skills to the test. The Marshmallow Challenge, a legendary competition, awaited them. With team names and posters proudly displaying their group flags, the teams set out to build the tallest tower using only string, spaghetti noodles, tape, and a single marshmallow. As the countdown began, the air was filled with contagious excitement and the sound of rapid brainstorming. The teams collaborated with unwavering determination, strategizing and constructing their towers with precision and innovation. The event showcased the incredible synergy between RRD and Next Step To Success. The high school students brought fresh perspectives, boundless enthusiasm, and a hunger for success, while RRD’s seasoned executives shared their wealth of knowledge, experience, and mentorship. The Marshmallow Challenge proved to be more than just a competition—it became a symbol of the shared values between the two groups. It embodied the fearless growth mindset, pushing boundaries, embracing failure as a stepping stone to success, and fueling the drive to reach new heights.

Throughout the afternoon, the energy was palpable as laughter, cheers, and exclamations of triumph filled the air. The teams’ towers rose above expectations, defying gravity and showcasing the incredible talent and ingenuity of these young minds. The event not only fostered teamwork and collaboration but also instilled a sense of confidence and belief in the limitless potential of the future leaders. RRD and Next Step To Success left an indelible mark on each other, forging a lasting partnership that will continue to inspire and empower the youth of Norfolk. This remarkable sales summit was a testament to the power of unity, resilience, and the unwavering pursuit of excellence.

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