American Leadership Conference in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV – The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Las Vegas Chapter organized the final American Leadership Conference for 2015 at the International Peace Education Center in Las Vegas Nevada on December 12, 2015 with the theme “America At A Turning Point: Principles And Values for Building A Nation of Peace”
Ms. Katherine Duncan, UPF Las Vegas Chairwoman and Mr. James Rigney, UPF Las Vegas Executive Director joined forces and staged a very successful gathering of leaders from the political, religious, youth, women and civil society addressing the issues of peace.
Following an invocation by the Rev. Emanuel Wasson III, a welcoming letter from the governor of Nevada was read by James Rigney. Richard De Sena, President of UPF USA, introduced the program and welcomed a senator and former ambassador who gave congratulatory remarks with warmth and excitement.
A stimulating panel discussion was led by Rev. Emanuel Wasson. Mr. Teji Malik, a Sikh Community member and a board member of the Southern Nevada Interfaith Council, spoke sincerely regarding the value of interfaith work and the need to respect others, that we have one Source and we are all connected. Mrs. Lynn Walsh, Co-Chair of the UN NGO Committee on the Family spoke about the concerns about family breakdown and how this impacts peace on the individual, community, and even worldwide levels, and how valuable the family is for peace. Naokimi Ushiroda, President of the Collegiate Association of the Research of Principles, spoke about the needs of youth for mentoring, modeling and respect to develop into mature and engaged individuals. All the speakers spoke with such heart and sincerity, the participants were very moved.
Seven Las Vegas people were awarded an Ambassador of Peace appointment. Following the program, there was much excitement and discussion among participants, followed by a reception for another hour with many people connecting with others and new friendships forming. UPF was grateful for all who prepared for and presented in the event to help make it meaningful for local Ambassadors of Peace and all others who participated.
Reported by: Leslie Rigney, Executive Director, UPF Las Vegas