Obama Announces Two-Day 'Inaugural Summit' for His Foundation

Obama is returning to his roots by announcing new community leader summit

Former president Barack Obama has been making random steps back into the public eye after leaving the White House, but now the ex-prez is returning to his community roots with a new leadership summit. The "immersive" summit, which lands in Chicago for two days this fall, will bring together civic leaders "from around Chicago, the USA, and the world", according to the Foundation.

Former President Barack Obama announced Wednesday morning that the Obama Foundation will hold a two-day "immersive event" in Chicago featuring hundreds of leaders from around the world later this year.

The summit is billed as a chance for young leaders from around the world to exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems, and to experience art, technology, and music. "And it will also help guide our foundation as we continue to design programs that will connect and support the next generation of young leaders here in the United States and around the globe".

The former president said he expects the summit, which will be October 31 and November 1, to bring hundreds of leaders from around the world. Former president Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama will both attend, according to the Foundation.

Obama described his foundation's mission: "Simply we want to inspire and empower people to change the world".

150 participants, ages 18 to 24, will join the Obama Foundation team in Chicago, Boston, and Tempe to learn how to use their own story as a powerful tool for change and become more active in shaping their communities. Some 20 residents plan to begin camping out on Wednesday evening to guarantee admittance and push in person for a Community Benefits Agreement.

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