On Friday, March 22, 2013 I cleared my calendar to spend the day with 44 students who were competing for the regional championship in Enactus. En-Act-Us is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, student leaders create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an increasingly complicated and challenging world. My intention was to support the students, faculty, staff and community advisors who were competing for just the second time, after many years of being inactive.
At the end of the day I learnt that our students counted among 62,000 from 38 countries representing 1,600 universities and 7,300,000 project volunteer hours towards a common commitment: “Together we pledge to take action. Together we commit to apply our passions and talents and ideas to impact as many lives as we can. Not to hand out help to people in need, but to work side by side with them to create opportunity. So every person and community we touch is empowered to live up to their fullest potential.”
Our WAU students presented the three local projects they were involved with to a panel of judges under a rigid set of competition standards. It was a joy to observer them at the regional level in competition, showcasing how they are engaging minds and transforming lives in the local community of Takoma Park, MD.
By the way, WAU Enactus students are now regional champions and are preparing to compete at the national level in May 2013.