VIENNA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Envision EMI, a leading provider of educational, leadership and career-focused programs, today announced the successful conclusion of its Presidential Inaugural Conferences for middle school, high school and college students in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the January 2013 Inauguration of the President and Vice President of the United States.
“The 2013 Presidential Inaugural Conferences were a huge success for our scholars, and we’d like to congratulate and thank the outstanding mix of U.S.-based and international college, high school and middle school students who participated in this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said John Richards, Chief Executive Officer of Envision EMI. “These Presidential Inaugural Conferences are unmatched in the real-life learning experiences they bring to our scholars, and we are very pleased to continue delivering these high-quality educational opportunities. These programs show that hearing firsthand from prominent speakers, witnessing history in the making, and interacting intellectually and socially with thought leaders and other highly motivated students leave a lasting impression on students.”
The 2013 Presidential Inaugural Conferences had approximately 3,525 scholars, hailing from all 50 U.S. states plus Washington, D.C., Guam and 27 additional countries, in attendance. The yellow scarves of the more than 800 students attending the Middle School conference could be seen on the National Mall during the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
“The drive to ensure that our scholars have the best possible experience is evident in every aspect of our programs, and the Envision EMI team of experienced educators is fully complemented by the team’s commitment to operational excellence,” said Regan Lamb, Executive Vice President of Education. “Setting the bar higher in this competitive world is a focus for our scholars and our team alike, and we believe the 2013 PIC was an incredible experience for all.”
The five-day, invitation-only conferences that ran from January 19th through the 23rd featured keynote addresses from leading political figures, including General Wesley Clark, the Honorable Jeb Bush, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara P. Bush, James Carville, and Mary Matalin, in addition to collaborative activities with political experts, historians and analysts from both sides of the aisle and private gala celebratory events. On Inauguration Day, when the President and Vice President each took the oath of office and the President gave his inaugural address, Inaugural Scholars had exclusive early access to the Air and Space and Natural History Museums, and witnessed the inauguration ceremony on the National Mall.
Dr. Marguerite C. Regan, Dean of Academic Affairs for the Presidential Inaugural Conference, said, “As educators, we have witnessed time and again the power of bringing highly motivated students to our nation’s capital for this historic event and further enriching the experience with talks from political luminaries and interactive learning sessions, where scholars can be challenged and inspired by everyone around them, and the possibility of making lasting friendships with other high achievers from around the world. We look forward to 2017 when we can do it all over again, with a group of impressive students from around the globe, inspiring speakers and the best programs.”
This was the eighth Presidential Inaugural Conference hosted in Washington, D.C. , with events and curricula designed by the same group of educators who develop Envision EMI’s other highly acclaimed programs, such as the National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC), Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC), National Young Scholars Program (NYSP), National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/MED), National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) and International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP), among others.
The final schedule of events and speaker information for the Presidential Inaugural Conferences can be found at www.presidentialinauguralconference.com.
About Envision EMI
Envision EMI is a leading provider of educational, leadership and career-focused programs for high-achieving students. For more than 25 years, Envision EMI’s programs have provided more than 600,000 students, from elementary school through college-age, with hands-on, on-site experiences that go beyond the typical classroom. Envision EMI's conferences are run under several brands that are well-known in the marketplace, including the National Young Scholars Program (NYSP), the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC), the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF), and the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP). Envision EMI is owned by Gryphon Investors, a highly respected San Francisco-based private investment firm with a strong commitment to the field of education. For more information, please go to: www.envisionemi.com.