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Day 2 at the 2013 Congressional City Conference

I sat with council members and city managers from South Carolina, Georgia, California, and Washington to listen to today’s breakfast speaker, Rev. Al Sharpton.  Whatever your political views, there’s no denying that he is a dynamic speaker.  He shared this one story about how a celebrity asked him to preside over their funeral to which Sharpton replied, “Well, you better give me something to work with!”  His talk was about the importance of living a meaningful life and I couldn’t help but feel inspired.

I continued to attend sessions and receptions throughout the day where I had the opportunity to meet local leaders from all over the country especially Texas, California, and Washington.  I ended the day by going to dinner with two local leaders from Washington State: Mayor Conrad Lee from Bellevue and councilman David Lee from Medina.  I’ve really enjoyed spending time with some really impressive leaders and sincere people.

I also got to hear from General Martin Dempsey who is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and one of only a handful of military leaders who has served in every rank of the military. He talked about the one thing that soldiers must have in order to operate effectively; trust. Similarly, my time here at the conference is all about building trust with local leaders and I look forward to continuing these relationships after I leave DC.

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