Imagine the feeling of a room of 240 young, driven leaders from 50 different countries: It’s inspiring and the energy is electric. The Professional Fellows Congress was the culminating experience for Legacy’s 12 Legislative Fellows as they met and conversed with participating fellows from around the globe in the three areas represented: Legislative Development and Governance, Economic Empowerment, or Media in Politics.
They had the opportunity to meet their counterparts from 15 different organizations, and enjoyed the opportunity to learn new professional skills, and see the United States through the perspectives of one another’s diverse experiences over the past month. The three-day conference allowed time for professional development, workshops, sharing of challenges and ideas, and casual mingling and networking, and even a fun dinner cruise on the Potomac where the fellows danced into the night!
Amna, LFP fellow from Libya, believes the Congress was one of the most valuable aspects of her experience because she had the chance to meet people form all over the world. “We shared so many things, we got inspired by each other,” she said, and found herself wishing she had more time to spend with these inspirational peers. In fact, Amna was so inspired that every day she plans to share on Facebook facts about the country of a person she met.
At a time when the historic changes shaping our world can be discouraging, the Professional Fellows Congress provided a tangible sense of hope. These future leaders were inspiring because they each possess a combination of drive and passion with pragmatism and professionalism that will ensure their success. Their interest in learning and moving forward, as evidenced by their participating in the Legislative Fellows Program-North Africa, and their desire to engage in substantive exchange of ideas, beliefs, and experiences with other fellows will serve them well. This, in turn, gives hope of a brighter global future.