Board member Louise Phipps Senft and her husband Bill Senft hosted a fundraising event for Convergence at their home in Baltimore on January 30, 2014. Rob Fersh and Aakif Ahmad spoke to the group of 30 about the collaborative actions that Convergence’s projects will make possible this year. Attendees got a taste of the Convergence process during small group discussions. Other Convergence leaders in attendance who described their passion for our mission were Jessica Dibb, Gay Legg, and Rita Walters.
Rob Fersh and Aakif Ahmad led a workshop titled “Forging Consensus on Difficult Issues.” Participants included mayors, state senators and delegates, city council leaders, and other elected local officials from around the United States. The NewDeal Leaders Conference brings together pro-growth progressives from around the country and is sponsored by Governor Martin O’Malley and Senator Mark Begich.
Aakif Ahmad attended an evening reception in Washington D.C. with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, and the state delegation. The event offered community members and leaders the opportunity to hear about the newly elected leader’s vision for the future of Pakistan.
Convergence staff intern Anum Fatima, along with Aakif Ahmad, presented on education in Pakistan to officials at the U.S. Department of State. They spoke about the critical impact NGO-based schools systems like The Citizen’s Foundation are having in providing access to quality education in under-resourced communities.
Convergence Project Director Julie Garel arranged for a private tour of the U.S. Capitol for Convergence staff and interns including an exclusive walk through the Chambers of the United States Senate.
Aakif Ahmad was invited to meet Secretary of State John Kerry at an evening iftar reception hosted by the State Department. Secretary Kerry recognized leaders for their roles in promoting improved relations between the U.S. and Muslim-majority countries and societies.
Leadership Council member Riaz Siddiqi and his wife hosted an event titled “Expressions of Compassion” at their beautiful home in Piney Pointe Village in Houston, Texas. Rob Fersh and Aakif Ahmad spoke about Convergence and the U.S.-Pakistan Leaders Forum to an audience of 60-75 guests.