The star power of the Clinton Global Initiative University hit Foggy Bottom in the conference’s first night, drawing a packed crowd to the Smith Center to hear a message stating that making a difference begins with taking risks.
The University released details Tuesday about where the star-studded cast of speakers will take the stage from March 30 to April 1 when 1,200 students from around the world come to campus for the annual leadership conference, which GW is hosting for the first time.
A team of students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science is among the final 16 groups in the Clinton Global Initiative University Commitment Challenge, which will crown the GW-based conference’s best idea through online voting.
Madeleine Albright, Biz Stone and Usher will join former President Bill Clinton, his daughter Chelsea Clinton and “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart at the three-day conference, which kicks off at GW March 30.
University President Steven Knapp lauded George Washington as the “first real international hero of freedom and democracy,” while acknowledging that the leader left behind a “complex history” of slave ownership.
The comedian will join Chelsea Clinton and entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and authors as speakers at the conference that will bring an estimated 1,000 students to Foggy Bottom.
The campus organization that brings in the most phones will take home $3,000. Groups in second place will earn $2,000 and the third place group will walk away with $1,000.