Brittany King, a graduate student in the MBA program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake was in attendance this weekend at the Clinton Global Initiative that took place in Washington D.C.at George Washington University March 30-April 1. CGI U hosted approximately 1,000 students from all over the world, along with nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, and celebrities engaged in efforts to create positive change. This year, students from every state in the U.S. and over 80 nations from around the world were in attendance.
As a selected participant, Brittany was required to make a Commitment to Action – a new, specific, and measurable plan that addresses a challenge on her campus, in her local community, or around the world. Brittany’s Commitment to Action is called “Project Passionista”. Project Passionista seeks to help young women break free of the pressures to become “Fashionistas” alone and instead become “Passionistas”- passionate young women who are committed to making a difference.
Brittany hopes to empower the next generation of young women in leadership become agents of social change by helping them launch sustainable social enterprises. Brittany was also selected to participate in CGIU Exchange, an event that allows a select group of students to showcase their ideas and innovations for change to fellow conference attendees.
At the closing plenary session, Brittany was selected by Jon Stewart as one of a handful of students who were able to ask President Bill Clinton a question. Brittany identified herself as a single mother and domestic abuse survivor, asking President Clinton how the talents of those without opportunity should be optimized and received a personal response from him.
The CGI U meetings consisted of working sessions, skill sessions, and large plenary sessions, where student attendees learned about innovative approaches to solving global issues. Sunday morning, students including Brittany, gathered to participate in a large-scale service project where CGI U attendees gave back to the local D.C. community.