New city, INC recently helped design the experience for the Colorado Chapter of WPO’ers (World Presidents’ Organization) visit to Boston. A global organization of more than 4,600 business leaders who are or have been chief executive officers of major companies and who are “graduates” of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), WPO is dedicated to the mission it shares with YPO: "Better leaders through education and idea exchange."
As we start 2012, it's great to be able to reflect. What better city to visit to learn, network and see how we utilize our resources, than Boston?
We showcased our city of firsts, (first public high school, first university, first public library) that serves as a model for the future, (the Big Dig, Innovation District, areas of sustainability, high tech, education, start ups, etc).
WPO members experienced rowing on the Charles; a class at Harvard University; a behind the scenes tour of Fenway Park; a curated tour of the MFA's New Art of the America's Wing; the nuts and bolts of successful local designer, Sarah Campbell’s business; and a dinner with Boston philanthropist, Bobby Segar, who shared his view on poverty in the world while discussing his foundation. The group got to see first hand the contrast and local color of our diverse and varied neighborhoods.
The former president of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Dr. Bill Fowler, charmed them with our rich history through his eyes; and managing director of Citizen Schools, John Werner, shared how his organization partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities across the country, perhaps paving the groundwork for expansion to Colorado.
Jennifer Hopkins, a member of WPO, who attended and helped organize the program, said: "The weekend was a wonderful opportunity to truly explore and experience Boston from a historical and current business perspective. We all left with positive thoughts and new ideas from this amazing city".
Boston is truly a treasure – our treasure. Happy New Year everyone!
The author is solely responsible for the content.
Meet Boston's coolest, smartest and most dynamic founders in our REEL Innovators video series!