During the third week of July, approximately 150 members of the Point family gathered at the Historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC for the 2012 Scholar & Alumni Leadership Conference (SALC). A heat wave and major thunderstorms were no match for the enthusiasm that led to our most successful conference to date. Highlights among the many memorable sessions and activities included a private nighttime tour of the U.S. Capitol led by SALC Planning Committee Member and Board Regent Brian Branton, along with a visit to the floor of the House of Representatives for a Q&A with former Point Mentor, U.S. Representative David Cicilline. Touring the White House and briefings from the Departments of State and Education, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, the White House Internship Program and White House Office of Presidential Personnel, plus a panel on "Trans Perspectives" from the Department of Labor and USAID. A rousing and inspirational speech from U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry in receipt of the Point Leadership Award, with an equally inspiring introduction by Honorary Board Member Judith Light. Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington conducted a thought-provoking and illuminating session on LGBTQ Leadership & Diversity in the 21st Century. Perhaps most moving of all was the Point Scholar Leaders on HIV/AIDS, the most extensive Scholar-run session to date.
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