June 15, 2011
In Atlanta last Friday, Capella kicked off the first Inspire Ideas event with Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker’s stirring keynote speech, “How to Change the World with your Bare Hands” followed with a thoughtful Q and A. The event was streamed live on the Capella Inspires YouTube Channel.
With his parents sitting in the front row, Mayor Booker challenged the hundreds of attendees not to “let the world outside define you” because “you have the power to be who you want to be.” He spoke directly to Capella learners who are often balancing their career and family while advancing their education when he said, “don’t underestimate your power…it’s not glamorous to study when others sleeping or stare at a computer when others are at club..nothing worth having ever comes easy.”
Mayor Booker appealed to Capella’s purpose driven leaders looking to make a difference in their world and community. He inspired them to not let the enormity of the challenges in front of them get in their way of the desire to do something to make an impact, saying “true greatness is staying aligned with your purpose” and “don’t let your inability to do everything undermine your ability to do something toward progress.”
You’ll be hearing more about the Inspire Ideas program over the next few months. Inspire Ideas establishes a thought leadership platform for the discussion of big ideas, important challenges and issues shaping the world in which our students are trying to make a difference. It creates a forum for respected experts and fresh voices, both from within and outside Capella University, to share thoughts and ideas that are innovative, positive and inspiring. We’ll do more live and online events and forums to create a rich stream of rigorous and inspiring dialogue.
Tell me, who would you like to hear from?