“It’s time to inspire and transform a generation, Andre.”
These were the words that echoed in my head recently while having a discussion about making use of our platforms in life with one of my close mentors. Through the constant push and pull of our lives, it’s easy to lose focus on the actual power we have to move people through our experiences and stories.
And I recently was handed a great opportunity to do just that.
In just over a month, I will be giving the commencement speech at my alma mater, the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health. How amazing is this?! Very amazing. Not only am I humbled and honored by the opportunity to share some thoughts with the next generation, I’m excited to spur them to take action. Here’s my recent profile sharing thoughts on the future of public health.
As I’ve been going over the speech in my journal, I was reminded by a close colleague and friend on the importance telling my stories. Not only is it required to get an audience to latch onto your salient points, but it also made me realize the responsibility I have to tell them. The responsibility to tell my story around childhood curiosities and fearlessness, personal growth, and career advancement is of utmost importance if I want to actually inspire and transform a generation to not only innovate in public health, but to understand the opportunities the world has for them. This is all the result of aligning with my strengths and actually taking the time to figure that out.
The talk will be livestreamed and archived, so I’ll be sure to let you know how to tune in!