"BBYO LEADS: Change the game and lead the way"

By Hannah Geeser, Mountain Region, IC Teen Press Corps 2017

This morning, we heard from an amazing array of gamechangers about leadership, and what it means to change the game as a leader and human being. Here are the top 10 moments from this morning’s LEADS plenary:

1. We kicked off BBYO LEADS with learning about & singing with the Dallas Homeless Choir.

2. Rabbi Elka Abrahamson & Imam Abullah Antepli led us in a discussion of bridging difference across our Muslim brothers & sisters.

3. “You are too young to know your idea is impossible. Listen to the voice that says you can do it.” - Adam Braun, Founder of Pencils of Promise and MissionU

4. It’s awesome to be here at IC together, united as one crew of gamechangers.

5. Gamechanger Wendy Davis shared her story of how her roots helped guide her to stand on the Texas State Senate Floor filibustering for a cause she believed in—pink sneakers and all.

6. Powerful words from Michael Skolnik, CEO of SOZE, and Brittany Packnett, VP of Teach for America National Community Alliances & Co-Founder of Campaign Zero. They inspired us to make a difference in our community.

7. We need to be upstanders instead of bystanders, and speak truth to power when needed by Deborah Lipstadt, the historian and professor of Jewish History whose story inspired the film “Denial.”

8. We remember…

9. Our commitment to the State of Israel was affirmed when Hilik Bar, Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, spoke about the need for peace and how we must change the game to get there.

10. To close out plenary, we heard from our youngest gamechanger, Alex Myteberi. He wrote a letter to President Obama about the Syrian refugee crisis—and then actually met the president at the White House. His main message was “Be nice,” and was a great way to go into our 41 Leadership Labs.