A Weekend of Inspiration

Hi friends,

I hope everyone has a great weekend planned! I’m excited to share with you how I spent last weekend—surrounded by motivating, inspiring people who are passionate about changing the world.

I was given the opportunity to attend the Fourth Estate Leadership Summit here in Los Angeles put on by Invisible Children. The Summit was a gathering of high school and college students who learned skills that will help them make a difference in their own communities and around the world.

I was there as an exhibitor with Headbands of Hope, a wonderful organization I’m proud to be a part of. You can check it in more detail here, but Headbands of Hope is an organization dedicated to finding a cure for children’s cancer. For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and a dollar is donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund life-saving cancer research.

My favorite part of the Summit was the part I was there for: the Common Good Exchange!
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The Summit was held at UCLA, and they had a beautiful outdoor area set up for the Exchange. Dozens of companies with a mission to fight poverty and promote justice for all were there selling ethically funded goods and merchandise with a cause. Here I am with the sweet little headbands!Friday 5As you can see, there were many attendees and many wonderful organizations represented.
Friday 3A few of my faves:
Friday 12{Sevenly! Have you checked them out? AWESOME organization!}

Friday 2{This Bar Saves Lives–a great start-up that provides a packet of life-saving food to a child in need for every bar sold}

And while I forgot to snap a photo of their gorgeous booth (shoot!) I did of course have to make a purchase, and it was from none other than our friends at 31 BITS.
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What a beautiful bracelet, right?!

The Common Good Exchange was so much fun and a great chance to learn about the other exhibitors’ missions. And the conference sessions were incredible. If you’re not familiar with Invisible Children, their mission is to bring an end to the Lord’s Resistance Army. The Lord’s Resistance Army has been killing civilians and abducting children in Africa for more than 20 years. You can read more about the devastating conflict here.

The line-up of speakers included notable names such as the brand-new US Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Power:
Friday 8One of my favorite parts of the conference was getting to meet my new friend Callo, who was a Special Guest for the weekend. His family was personally affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army when its main presence was in Uganda, and he now fights with Invisible Children to put an end to the LRA atrocities.
Friday 11It truly was a weekend to remember. It reminded me that while we may be passionate about different “causes,” at the heart of our mission as human beings is to love one another and to display the truth that all people matter.
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Have a fab weekend!


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