Young professionals of today will be the future business and community leaders and that is why it’s crucial to invest in this generation.
The Western society is founded on the idea that we are all responsible for the well-being of our community, country and world. There are many gains to be had through involvement in community organizations and starting to develop skills required for tomorrow, today. One of the beneficial aspects of getting involved includes the development of leadership, communication and organizational skills through practical experience within an organization – an essential for future leaders.
Another advantage is gaining a sense of responsibility and empowerment while approaching every problem with a solution, instead of a complaint. This skill – the ability to evaluate issues with solutions and most importantly actions – is one of the most important skills for future leaders in business and community. Evaluating every issue with impact and the end result in mind whether it’s a business problem, a community challenge or a personal relationship is what sets apart future leaders and those who, for the lack a better description, are in “the Matrix’.
The first step to taking action is becoming part of a movement. Taking initiative and joining a group provides an opportunity to contribute as well as network with likeminded individuals. After all, it is coming together that helps turn ideas into realities.
One foundation that focuses on building future leaders of tomorrow and appeals to young professionals is the Clinton Foundation 20/30.
The foundation states that young professionals now in their 20s and 30s will be our leaders in business, government, and civil society in the year 2030. Through Clinton Foundation 20/30, a network of emerging leaders is empowered to build a better world.
Clinton Foundation 20/30 members are working to address the great challenges of the generation by supporting the work of the Clinton Foundation’s global programs, growing professionally alongside the most exciting industry innovators, and preparing for roles as global leaders of tomorrow.
The 20/30 movement comes as a continuation of Millennium Network which Toronto is familiar with. In June 2013, 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, infused Toronto with philanthropical energy gracing the stage for an inspirational and thought provoking talk about the great challenges facing our generation that threaten our survival in the 21st Century and beyond. Celebrated Canadian actress Rachel McAdams kicked off the evening’s ceremonies along with the evening’s musical guests,Tegan and Sara.
Today, the foundation is building off the momentum and introducing this year-round membership program, Clinton Foundation 20/30, to empower young professionals with a platform to build a better world by, for, and in 2030.
What’s truly unique about the foundation geared at young professionals is that CF 20/30 simply seems to “get it”. The events, opportunities and initiatives that take place with the foundation resonate with the more youthful philanthropic leaders and truly make the world leaders of tomorrow feel part of a movement.
The events bring together a unique group of movers and shakers who want to make an impact and provides opportunities to build professional skills through networking events, salon discussions, industry round tables, as well as other leadership occasions.
One of the more scrutinized names in charity, The Clinton Foundation has done a significant amount in philanthropy. Despite the last name that heavily resonates with the Democratic party, the organization both in legal standing and in practice is apolitical. In fact, the Foundation has a long tradition of working across the aisle, previously working with President George H.W. Bush and later George W. Bush, in response to natural disasters in the Indian Ocean, New Orleans and Haiti; the establishment of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program; and countless commitment makers and featured speakers at CGI.
Clinton Foundation believes that the best way to unlock human potential is through the power of creative collaboration and they do this by building partnerships between businesses, NGOs, governments, and individuals everywhere to work faster, leaner, and better; to find solutions that last; and to transform lives and communities from what they are today to what they can be, tomorrow. Few of the issues that the foundation is committed to working on include improving global health, increasing opportunity for girls and women, reducing childhood obesity and preventable diseases, creating economic opportunity and growth, and helping communities address the effects of climate change.
If you’re interested in joining the 20/30 movement, here’s the break down:
|As a member of Clinton Foundation 20/30, you will help us build a better world by, for, and in the year 2030.|
For $20 a month or $230 a year, 20/30 members have the opportunity to:
For those Torontonians who are looking to attend a local event, stay tuned. No details yet but there is talk of the first ever CF 20/30 Toronto launch event.
For more details on the CF 20/30 foundation, click here.