HISTORY

MCN Advisors John Legend and Dr. Jeffrey Sachs with student leaders for the inaugural MCC.  April 2008 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

MCN Advisors John Legend and Dr. Jeffrey Sachs with student leaders for the inaugural MCC.  April 2008 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 2008, student leaders passionate about improving communities came together from across the city of Boston, Massachusetts.  MCN co-founders Sam Vaghar and Seth Werfel, conference director Anne Liu, and close to a dozen youth leaders convened and asked each other: "What could we accomplish through collaboration?"  Six months later, they teamed up with student leaders at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to host the inaugural Millennium Campus Conference (MCC08).  The results were extraordinary.  1,000 student attendees from around the world, global leaders including Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, musician John Legend, USAID Administrator Henrietta Fore,  and more than 50 thought leaders came together to build the MCN: a network of youth leaders improving communities.

More than 5,000 Millennium Delegates have participated in one or more of the annual MCCs, with 83% of MCN alumni now working in social impact careers.  More than 6 in 10 share that MCN programming like MCC definitively prepared them for success in this work.  MCN alumni have gone on to work at the United Nations, USAID, and launch their own social enterprises.  This is the next generation of social impact leaders - connecting with each other in the early, formative years of their career development.  

More than 250 leading practitioners and advocates have donated their time and joined in to speak, engage, and on select occasion
are recognized as Global Generation Award Winners: role models for youth leaders seeking to make a lifetime of social impact.

Here is a list of just some of the extraordinary leaders who have participated over the years:

2017: MCC17 will take place November 16-19 in Rabat, the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco.  Speakers will be announced in the months leading up to the global convening.

2016: Howard University (with Executive Track at the White House and U.S. Department of State) (Washington, D.C., USA)
Gayle Smith* (Administrator, USAID)
Dr. Helene Gayle** (CEO, McKinsey Social Initiative)
Elizabeth Littlefield* (President and CEO, OPIC)
Ravi Karkara (Senior Advisor, UN Women)
Rachel Cohen Gerrol (Co-Founder, Nexus)
Wayne I. Frederick (President, Howard University)

2015: United Nations Headquarters (New York, NY, USA)
Terry Crews* (actor, author, feminist)
Dr. Vanessa Kerry** (Founder, Seed Global Health)
Lakshmi Puri* (Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations)
H.E. Mogens Lykketoft* (President, 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly)
H.E. Federico A. Gonzalez* (Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Paraguay to the United Nations)
Richard Stengel*, U.S. Under Secretary of State
Annie Griffiths* (Photographer for National Geographic, Founder of Ripple Effect Images)

2014: Lynn University (Boca Raton, FL, USA)
Nicholas Kristof* (op-ed columnist, The New York Times, author)
Carrie Hessler-Radelet* (Director, the Peace Corps)
Julie Lewis* (Co-Founder, The 30/30 Project)
Kristin Davis* (actress, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Oxfam Global Ambassador)
Mischa Barton* (actress, Ambassador for Save the Children)
Caryl Stern* (President & CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF) 

2013: Northeastern University (Boston, MA, USA)
Kenneth Cole* (fashion designer, humanitarian)
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi** (Founder, Afghan Institute of Learning)
Nancy Lindborg* (President, United States Institute of Peace)
Ahmad Ahelndawi* (UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth)
Farah Stockman (The New York Times)

2012: Northeastern University (Boston, MA, USA)
Leymah Gbowee* (2011 Nobel Peace Prize Winner)
Dr. Jeffrey Sachs**
Dr. Paul Farmer**                                                                     Emilia Pires** (Minister of Finance, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste)
Dr. Steven Radelet** (Chief Economist, USAID)

2011: Harvard University (with Awards at Northeastern University) (Cambridge, MA, USA)
John F. Kerry* (68th U.S. Secretary of State)
Eliza Dushku* (actress)
Gillian Sorensen* (former Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations)
Jason Russell* (filmmaker)
K'naan (singer-songwriter)
Robert S. Kaplan (Co-Chair, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation)

2010: Columbia University (New York, NY, USA)
Dr. Jeffrey Sachs
Hugh Evans (CEO, Global Citizen and Global Poverty Project)
Scott Harrison (CEO, charity: water)
Adam Braun (Founder, Pencils of Promise and MissionU)

2008: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA)
Dr. Paul Farmer** (Co-founder, Partners in Health)
Dr. Jeffrey Sachs** (Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the UN Sustainable Development Goals)
John Legend** (10-time Grammy-winning musician, Founder of Show Me Campaign)
Henrietta Fore, (USAID Administrator)
John Wood (Founder, Room to Read)
Amy Smith (Founder of the D-Lab, MIT)
Paul Pollak (Founder, International Development Enterprises)


*Global Generation Award Winner
**MCN Advisor