After an entire year of new friends and memories, my time with GLI (The Global Leadership Initiative) has sadly come to an end and as I reminisce about all the things I have been able to accomplish this year I can say that I will greatly miss this program. I touched upon the GLI program in a previous post a few months ago and as I write this post as an official “graduate” of the program I can say that much has changed since then. From the fancy monthly dinners to the amazing guests and great people I have been able to meet through this program I can say that the person who I am now is much different from the person I was a year ago this time. I have been able to forge friendships with people I may have never even met if it were not for this program and for that I am grateful for this experience. This photo was taken at the last monthly dinner for my cohort and the first monthly dinner for the new cohort and there is a wide range of nationalities and ethnicities represented. Seeing my cohort members all together one last time was emotional in the sense that I would not being seeing their faces every week but it was also nice to see the new cohort and their hopeful faces as they asked us about our experience. While my time as a GLI member has come to an end it felt nice to pass the torch onto the next cohort and see the excitement on their faces during the event.
This year presented itself with many ups and downs, and about half of them could be attributed to GLI. I was challenged with many tasks that I may have shied away from in previous years and seeing the person that I have been able to become due to the choices I have been able to make has been a humbling experience. While I am far from where I would like to be once I graduate, I am very optimistic about the future and I can say that GLI has played a significant role in shaping my character.