Edinburgh’s EICC was the venue for the social event of the year last Friday as the Hunter Foundation welcomed President Barack Obama to Scotland for the first time. In attendance for FPSG was John Agnew and Kirsty Lloyd and our guests for the evening, Jill Patterson and Claire Moir from Sykes Global Services. The evening focused on our future generations with all profits from the event to be invested in charities supporting young people.
At the event, President Obama dined with 10 school students who had been given the opportunity through a competition set up by The Hunter Foundation in partnership with Skills Development Scotland and Founders4Schools. The students’ task was to write an essay on “What would you change, why would you change it and how? Think you could run the country? Tell us how you’d do it and your school could win a table at a dinner with Barack Obama.”
President Obama’s speech went on to launch a new initiative by the Founders4Schools charity to encourage 1,000 Scottish business leaders to give one hour of their time to inspire school pupils. The initiative aims to improve employability of students through direct connection with business leaders.
John Agnew, Managing Director at FPSG said:
“It was a wonderful evening and I found President Obama very engaging and sincere. His speech stuck a chord with myself on the areas of surrounding yourself with good people who you can trust and the importance in investing in young people, principles I believe very strongly about.”
The evening’s entertainment was superb with Kevin Bridges, Texas, and Annie Lennox providing the laughter and music on one of the most memorable nights we have ever had.
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