As we headed into our last week in DC, the other scholars and I could hardly believe that our time with the program was coming to a close. But, we were resolved to make our last week the best one, and that’s exactly what it was.
On Wednesday, we attended the last WLP & NetSAP Summer Speaker Series Event - a panel on Obamacare. We witnessed an spirited dialogue between The Heritage Foundation’s Alyene Senger and Dr. Sanjeev Sriram, of the National Physicians Alliance. Their conversation dove deep into the details of the Affordable Care Act, discussing everything from the merits of state-run exchanges to the role of community health workers. The panelists also discussed the political side of this policy, and the messaging tactics used by those on both sides of the aisle regarding Obamacare. Towards the end of the discussion, the scholars were able to ask their own questions on the subject, engaging with the panelists on the future of healthcare in America, and the steps that can be taken to improve current laws.
The next evening, the scholars were invited by Rajeev Sharma, Chairman and CEO of the Alqimi Group, to watch the Redskins vs. Patriots game from his box at FedEx Stadium. While there, the scholars spoke with Mr. Sharma’s other guests - Roshan Patel, the Finance Director of the DGA, and Vinoda Basnayake, Of Counsel at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. The Redskins won the game, but that was the least of what made for an amazing night. The game was the perfect way to end our summer of WLP events; none of the scholars will be forgetting that VIP experience any time soon.
Our final evening in DC was a time for reflecting on lessons learned. The scholars sat down with Nisha and Harin to discuss our summer project - an attempt to gather the contact information and career overviews of all alumni, and organize this into a database that future scholars could use as a resource. Each scholar shared their biggest takeaways from the program, and reflected on the high points of the summer. We bid each other goodbye over some delicious dim sum and reassurances that visits to each others’ schools were in the near future.
Congressman Mike Honda