This blog post was written by Julie Pettypool, BS'20, a current Kelley student who attended the Hesselbein Global Academy Summit this summer.
Throughout our college career, we are presented with life-changing opportunities that open our minds to the world around us. We should take those opportunities, if they are right for us, because we never know if we’ll have that opportunity again.
During the fall 2018 semester, I swung by the office of one of my professors to say hello and ask a question. I found my professor and their colleague creating a list of students to invite to apply to the Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership & Civic Engagement, which would be held at the University of Pittsburgh in July 2019. A few minutes before I appeared in the doorway, they had discussed adding my name to the list. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time, and they asked me to apply and told me a little bit about the academy. I learned that the academy was named after Frances Hesselbein, who is renowned for her leadership expertise and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work.