Experiences from Pittsburgh: Hesselbein Leadership Summit 2012

I had desired for attending a summit abroad for a long time. The opportunity came when I was offered a delegate position in the Hesselbein Leadership Summit 2012 at the University of Pittsburgh arranged by Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement. The following photos were snapped by me and my new-found student-leader friends.
The Summit:  The Hesselbein Family

Photo-credit: Sameer Khan

The Hesselbein Family (Photo-credit: Sameer Khan)

All the Summit participants, Mentors and Summit Co-ordinators. In this one frame there are students from all 6 human-inhabiting continents, across races, colors, religions and disciplines, making this summit a great melting pot. There were public and private sector champions, peace-keepers, social entrepreneurs, brilliant engineers – each one of them trying to make this world a better place!

With Frances Hesselbein

With Frances Hesselbein (Photo-credit: Padmore)

The first question that comes to mind after meeting Frances is: “How old is she?” She is 97 years old and her intellect and faculties are still flowing smoothly. She talked with us softly about her experiences in leadership and answered our questions. Currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, she is also a receiver of Presidential Medal of Freedom for her services to United States. I have never seen anyone so full of life and energy! On the other side of Frances is Moroccan Mehdi Nassih, a social entrepreneur.

With Simon Sinek

With Simon Sinek (Photo-credit: Mohamed Al Sharhan)

Mr. Simon Sinek is a leadership expert and pioneer of the “Why” movement. His Tedtalk is one of the most viewed ones on Ted.com. Listening to him speak at the Summit was an inspiring experience.

Pittsburgh

City of Pittsburgh

City of Pittsburgh (Photo-credit: Noman)

Pittsburgh is known as “the City of Bridges” for its many bridges and “the Steel City” for being former steel manufacturing base. It is also one of the most livable cities in the US. This photo was taken during our river cruise, as part of the summit.

Inside Cathedral of Learning

Inside Cathedral of Learning (Photo-credit: Noman)

This 42-story Gothic Cathedral, a part of University of Pittsburgh, is the tallest educational building in the Western hemisphere. Looked like Hogwarts to us. Inside is quiet, calm and peaceful, an ideal place for learning and enlightenment to dawn on.

 

 

About Kazi Noman Ahmed

Student of IBA, University of Dhaka
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