- August 1, 2013
Post submitted by Brennan Suen, Youth & Campus Outreach intern and David McCabe, HRC's Digital Media intern
Yesterday HRC’s internship program, HRC University, hosted an event for young professionals from across Washington, D.C., giving them a chance to hone their networking skills and meet other like-minded members of Generation Equality (GenEQ).
The attendees represented more than 32 organizations — both within the LGBT movement and outside of it — and 33 universities.
The evening began with a short reception with light refreshments, where attendees socialized and met other progressive young people. Associate Director of Youth and Campus Engagement, Candace Gingrich-Jones, gave a welcome speech on the importance of networking in the city that boasts, “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know.”
“You aren’t the future,” Gingrich-Jones said. “You’re the present.”
Attendees split off into small groups to hone their elevator speeches — the short spiel about yourself you can deliver in the time it takes the person you’re talking to get to their floor — by working with HRC staff members and other participants.
As the night wrapped up, the attendees left with new skills, confidence and connections. They left more prepared to move forward in their careers and feeling more a part of our country’s most progressive generation, Generation Equality.
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