The Corvias Alumni Summit is approaching, July 9, 2017, and I hope to see you there. This year, the Foundation is taking us to the Connecticut River Valley, the emerald gem of New England. We will be lodging at The Guest House, known for its hospitality and seventeen acre property. Attendees of last year’s summit will notice reflections from our trip to Gold Lake, Colorado. The Guest House boasts miles of walking trails, an impressive deck overlooking a pond, and a labyrinth.
You’ll have to give a nod of appreciation to those who are helping organize this event. Building on last year’s successful presentation by Corvias’ President and COO, Michael de la Rosa, this year’s main events will include panels on work-life balance, forming connections through storytelling, and money management. In keeping with the Corvias Alumni’s pledge to enrich communities, I expect some form of service oriented project. In years past, we have visited volunteer facilities on-site, like when we spent a day at the Greater Chicago Food Depository; but last year was a chance of course. In the ‘$10 for $10 Challenge,’ the alumni group was charged with spending $10 in their own communities while the Corvias Foundation pledged to match each $10 with their own $10 donation to the charity, Home Base. We achieved 100% participation in on September 30, 2016, and the foundation donated an additional $1,000.
I encourage all of you to come, new graduates and old. One of the Corvias Alumni mission statements, after enriching communities, is to help others reach higher. This annual summit is the Corvias Foundation’s own gesture, to help its alumni reach higher in their own lives, no matter where their lives took them after college. It is not always easy to accept such generosity, but as we learned from the law of receptivity from The Go Giver, “The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.”