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Usher Says ‘Yeah’ to Leadership, Making a Difference

By Molly Davis Posted: 02/17/2012
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Usher spoke at the Emory School of Law's Tull Auditorium on Thursday.
Grammy award-winning recording artist Usher discussed his New Look Foundation and his passion for making a difference in others’ lives at the 13th annual Undergraduate Business School Leadership Conference (UBSLC) yesterday.

Usher was the keynote speaker for this year’s UBSLC, which is meant to bring together student leaders from top-tier undergraduate business school programs not only in the United States but also abroad, according to a Dec. 2 Wheel article.

At yesterday’s event, Usher spoke about Usher’s New Look Foundation — an organization that “certifies young people in four leadership pillars: talent, education, career and service to ensure their success as leaders throughout the world,” according to the Foundation’s website.

To begin, Usher explained some of the “incredible beginnings” that have happened for him in Atlanta, including the launch of his music career and the start of Usher’s New Look Foundation.

He noted the Foundation has been a “passion project,” and that he enjoys making a difference in the lives of others.

“I think about all I have been able to accomplish,” Usher said. “I think this is the type of work that really makes a difference.”

Teaching, according to Usher, is crucial, particularly in helping others understand the importance of making a difference in the world.

“Understanding how to make a difference really sets youth in the direction to be future leaders,” Usher said.

Usher explained that in order to understand how successful individuals attained their success, people need to learn about the four pillars that the New Look Foundation emphasizes.
Overall, Usher expressed faith in youths’ abilities to ultimately become leaders.

“I see a very bright future,” Usher said. “Things will be better.”

In addition to the keynote speech, yesterday’s event included a panel discussion featuring individuals involved with the Foundation, which Steve Walton, associate dean of Executive MBA Programs for the Goizueta Business School, moderated.

The “Expressions” portion of the event allowed audience members to showcase their talents.
“Expressions” included everything from musical performances by Foundation alums to a marriage proposal involving a Goizueta alumnus and his girlfriend.

A question and answer session also took place following Usher’s speech.

Joyce Juang, B-School junior and Chair of UBSLC said she was pleased with the event.
“Usher and his New Look Foundation were remarkable about engaging the future leaders of tomorrow,” Juang said.

— Contact Molly Davis.

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