They’re from places like Sacramento and Manitowoc.
From white collar, blue collar and no collar families.
They’re accomplished professionals, looking to connect with like-minded peers,
looking to learn new techniques in the art of change.
They’re just starting out in life, bent on making a dent in the world,
making something more meaningful than money.
The way they’re built, they have no choice.
For them, progress is an imperative.
They have to make an impact.
They come to work in the capital or in their own neighborhoods.
They come to work in the public sphere or the private sector.
They’re happy to play by the rules.
Until the rules slow them down.
They’re in a big hurry.
They need seasoned players to show them the ropes.
They demand enough rope to make a difference.
They believe in inclusion and infusion, not collusion and confusion.
In collaborating and elaborating without pontificating or obfuscating.
They believe more good comes from dedicated groups than lone cowboys.
They believe in inspiration, aspiration and perspiration.
They believe in opening doors, windows and minds.
But not at all in ceilings or back rooms.
They believe impact is a fine noun but it’s better as a verb.
They’re life-long dreamers, determined to become pragmatic doers.
They believe it’s their destiny to help America achieve her destiny.
To sweep away the obstacles that stand in the way of her ideal.
To never accept good when great is her goal.
They measure success in terms of impact.
And when the impact is big, they are complete.