Consulates General Monterrey, Matamoros, and Nuevo Laredo co-hosted a regional Alumni Summit for Northeast Mexico with more than 50 former U.S. Government program participants from the states of Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas. The summit consisted of a professional development day and a community service day. The professional and career development day included mentors who offered workshops on building leadership skills, entrepreneurship, voluntarism, social responsibility, and networking. Consul General, Timothy Zuniga-Brown welcomed the participants to Monterrey. and via video link. Ambassador Roberta Jacobson opened the summit with inspirational remarks and answered questions from participants.
During the community service day, the group cleaned up an area in along the river in La Silla Park and logged trees into an online database for Mexico Urban Forest (http://bosqueurbanomexico.org). This platform is used to collect information about the local flora to create statistics that can be used to positively impact public policy on environmental issues. The volunteers were joined by Consul General Zuniga-Brown, senior Alumni, representatives from the Secretariat of Sustainable Development of the state of Nuevo Leon, and community volunteers. The Alumni Summit was designed to motivate and inspire participants to take action to improve their communities More photos of the day can be found in: Flickr