July 25-28, 2013 Capital Hilton Washington, DC
With over 170 registrants, the 2013 Scholar & Alumni Leadership Conference (SALC) was the largest in the organization's history. All new incoming Point Scholars were able to attend, and a record number of alumni, from classes 2002 through 2013, were also present. Our guest presenters and panelists came from many different walks of life and included the following: Point Leadership Honoree U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ); transgender White House appointee Amanda Simpson; Smithsonian curator Katherine Ott and archivist Franklin Robinson; choreographer and nonprofit arts pioneer Jonah Bokaer; the co-director and producer of the film Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, Bennett Singer; Bayard Rustin Estate Executor and Archivist Walter Naegle; HRC Youth & Campus Engagement Program Director Sultan Shakir, DC for Democracy Outreach Chair Keshini Ladduwahetty; HRC Chief Diversity Officer Cuc Vu; and Deloitte Senior Manager Kristine Korva, with fellow Deloitte team members Consultant Andrew Huge, Senior Consultant Alex Daly and Consultant Amy Clements.
The conference concluded on Sunday, July 28 with an inspiring message to "Live in the Grey" from MKG Productions President & Founder Maneesh Goyal. His message of "love what you do, live the life you love" was an excellent endnote for four-days dedicated to exploring the history, mission, and connectedness of Point Foundation and the Point family. Additional themes of SALC included the role of the arts among the LGBTQ community, the importance of social activism and the many forms it can take, and how to determine an appropriate and rewarding career and life path. The conference was full of high-spirited conversations and debate that demonstrated the intelligence, passion and consideration of our diverse family.
In addition to our guests, Honorary Board members Ann Adams, Herb Hamsher and David Steward joined Alumna Michelle Marzullo, Scholar Jacob Rostovsky, Trustee Celina Gerbic and Trustee and Alumnus Diego Arango in a panel session entitled The State of Point Foundation, which was moderated by Executive Director & CEO Jorge Valencia. Trustee and Alumna CeCeilia Allwein together with Scholar Nicole Robert moderated the scholar and alumni joint panel session entitled Our Lens: Storytelling and Capturing Our Narrative through the Arts. Scholar panelists were Adaobi Kanu, Sarah Biscarra-Dilley and Jeff Sheng; alumni panelists were Naomi Jackson, Paul von Bex* and Garrett Zuercher. The Community Service Project Poster Fair allowed continuing scholars and the newest alumni class to exhibit the projects they dedicated their time and talent to over the past year. All-Scholar Training, New Scholar Orientation, Media Training for Scholars delivered by Stephanie Clark of Edelman, and a Board of Directors meeting were also vital components. The generous donation of multiple Xbox 360 + Kinect systems enlivened the Xbox Point Scholar Lounge. Congratulations to Scholar Noah Lupica and Alumna Lauren Beach, who each won a system to take home through two contests run throughout SALC.
The SALC planning committee of Board Director Brian Branton, Executive Director & CEO Jorge Valencia, Chief of Staff Nanci Glogauer, Mentoring & Alumni Program Director Darrin Wilstead, Selections & Scholar Relations Program Director Vince Garcia and Conference & Program Manager Chris Aguilar Garcia are eternally grateful to the Point family for its dedication to and participation in this event so key to our organization's mission of leadership development. And of course, we extend an extra special thanks to our generous sponsors who make it all possible.
Here are sentiments submitted to staff by a scholar and alumnus:
The SALC is my most profound and inspiring time with Point each year and each time I attend I'm reminded of how much a part of my life Point is and how much everyone here means to me. I'm so happy to be part of such a lovely family… I've left feeling so revitalized and cannot wait for the next one! - Point Scholar Abbey Muzatko
I have found my interactions with the Point Foundation some of the most meaningful in my life. I have rarely felt so moved, challenged, inspired, and rocked. It really is a family--and like family, it is full of characters. I leave feeling both exhausted and incredibly refreshed. Thank you for all you do. It means the world to us all. - Point Alumnus Chris Hanson
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