Secretary of Labor Lynn Morley Martin has urged 200 Villa Julie graduates to "find time for a slightly broader agenda" as they pursue personal and professional goals.
In a commencement speech yesterday at the Greenspring Valley college, Ms. Martin told students that "the days when America's position as the world's dominant economic power was unquestioned are not here. They are not likely to return."
The challenge brings opportunity for young graduates, particularly women and minorities, she said. Women will account for more than half of all new jobs, she said.
But she warned students that what often stops women and minorities is the manager's inability to deal with someone who does not fit his -- yes, his -- mold."
"Often it is not their ability that stops them [women and minorities] dead in their tracks," she said.