What an incredible weekend in [soggy] Seattle! As one of the winning teams, FreshSpire was sponsored by the MSNBC “Growing Hope Challenge” to attend the Net Impact Conference in Seattle, WA. The conference brought together change makers at the undergraduate, graduate and professional level to collaborate on global social and environmental problems. We kicked off the conference on Thursday evening, incredibly inspired by Stephen Ritz, his students, and his movement: Green Bronx Machine (goosebumps through the entire keynote!). Friday and Saturday brought a plethora of resources, mentors, and ideas as we attended breakout sessions geared towards social business, sustainable food systems, food equity, and impact driven for-profits. We engaged in meaningful discussions with leaders in sustainability at Honest Tea, Walmart, Starbucks, and more, gaining new perspectives and fueling our passion for this venture.
Saturday morning we had the honor of hearing Chelsea Clinton speak-- what a role model. She spoke with such intelligence, composure, and insight while engaging the crowd with her work at the Clinton Foundation. Our favorite quote from her keynote was, “It’s better to be caught trying to make a difference, than to not try at all”.
The team found some time to explore the unique city (when we weren’t being inspired by world leaders) and fell in love with it’s unique feel while perusing Pike Place Market - despite the ever-present drizzle. From the top of the famed ferris wheel to the eccentric Capitol Hill, we couldn’t have been prouder to represent FreshSpire in this amazing city. We’ll be back, Seattle!