Campus Progress woos future leaders

22 July 2009

With a line-up of speakers including former President Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and The Daily Show’s very own John Oliver, Campus Progress was destined to be a hit. This year, 1,400 very excited students from around the U.S. came together in D.C. to talk about the changes that could be made for the future.

                The all-day conference was packed with speakers delivering interesting speeches that generated awes, screams of excitement and vigorous applause from the audience.  Bill Clinton’s speech delivered a message hard to deny: our world as a whole is in a tough spot but we have a great opportunity to make changes where we want to see them.

                I’ve got to say, the speaker that really blew me away was Nancy Pelosi. The moment she walked on stage, she seemed to have a certain stamina about her that generated through her speech. She delivered a speech that reached her audience and motivated all of us. I did not expect the humor or energy that came along with her speech even though she got to the heart of the problems in a clear and driven manner.

Topics that seem to cause the most excitement were the efforts in going green (my personal favorite), solving the current financial crisis and healthcare. These were also subjects for the break-out sessions held between main speakers. In each session, participants listened to panels and then made suggestions on how to make the necessary changes. 

I participated in the Going Green breakout where we all pitched in and told personal stories how each of us were all going green. Many mentioned the strides that universities are taking to go green while I told them about our office Green Team here at H&K and how we are constantly making efforts for a better environment.

By the time the conference was over, you could tell that efforts to change the world were already underway. Facebook pages were created and Tweets were updated with progressive messages motivating others to get involved. I even joined a Facebook group right there to unite students in helping progress towards a better future.

If you were there, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

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