Today President John Maeda delivered the keynote address at the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders’ annual conference, entitled Rise to the Challenge. President Obama established the initiative during his first year in office, noting that “no community should be invisible to its government.”
President Maeda was introduced by Yvette Rivera (above left), associate director of the EEO Programs Division at the US Department of Transportation, and perhaps more importantly, mother of former Student Alliance President Alexander Dale BArch 14.
President Maeda focused on how federal employees can bring creativity and innovation to their work, and spoke about the leadership challenges we all face in this day and age. Regardless of the domain we work in, he noted, we can all learn from the wisdom of Lao Tzu, who pointed out that:
A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.