On September 25th 2013 (my birthday actually) I was lucky enough to attend the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting held at the Sheraton NY. The annual awards dinner was filled with World Leaders, pioneers in business, philanthropists, and celebrities all looking to take part in what has become the annual weekly event that calls to action commitments from governments, corporations, NGO’s and individuals for making the world a better place to live. The event included speeches from Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary and Former First Lady Hillary Clinton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and of course President Bill Clinton. There were musical performances by the Roots and Elvis Costello and the event was kicked off by Ben Affleck. The awards gala recognizes people from around the World who exemplify global citizenship through their vision and leadership. It was truly an amazing night meeting new friends and reconnecting with friends from all over the world. CGI is truly an amazing organization.
Bill Austin is the Founder of Starkey Hearing Technologies, the leading manufacturer of hearing aids in the United States as well as the founder of the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Bill and his amazing crew travel the world multiple times a year and visit countries and provide free hearing aids to underprivileged people. His mission “So The World May Hear”. Brady Forseth also in the picture is the Executive Director of the Foundation. I have volunteered to go on an upcoming mission for them in the winter. I witnessed his team in action while doing a trip for President Clinton to Kigali, Rwanda and to see the smile on the face of a child that is able to hear for the first time may have been one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
All my best,