Strengthening Skills, Starting a Career. Saed’s Story.


Do you remember the first career goal that you set for yourself? Across the country, CEO participants are setting goals and achieving employment milestones every day. This year CEO will serve 8,000 individuals leaving incarceration, supporting their transition home.

Meet twenty-five year old Saed Dixon. Saed entered CEO’s Albany New York program in August of this year unsure of what to expect. While completing CEO’s one-week orientation, for the very first time in his life, he began exploring his career interests and goals. An immediate goal for him was to secure a job that would provide “steady work and decent pay”. To build confidence and skills, he attended CEO’s OSHA 10 training and earned a credential that increased his marketability to employers.

Saed worked closely with Molly, his CEO Job Coach, who conducted mock interviews and helped him craft a compelling resume. At first, Saed had difficulty displaying confidence and responding to questions in these sessions. His Job Coach encouraged him to reveal his outgoing nature and sense of humor. With practice, his comfort level grew and he was soon successfully completing interviews with potential employers. Through CEO’s program, Saed was able to secure a full-time job at a local supermarket, a role that provides the stability he was seeking. Now that he has achieved this milestone, Saed has his sights set on pursuing his longer-term career goal of becoming an entrepreneur and graphic designer.

“P2E allowed me to picture a future for myself, and encouraged me to do what it takes to get to where I want to be...Not everything will be perfect, but I am living and learning.”

- Saed Dixon, CEO Albany Participant

Like Saed, many of us have relied on others to prepare for a new job. Saed received the 

support he needed at CEO to help him secure employment -- the first step on his career pathway.

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CEO’s I Am You series feature stories about participants that showcase their efforts to prepare for employment and career advancement. We hope these stories will inspire you to support CEO’s mission to connect formerly incarcerated individuals across the country to meaningful employment opportunities.

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First Day on the Job. Ronald’s Story.

Job Coaching and Placement. Crystal's Story.

Building for the Future. Robert’s Story of Advancement.