Bill Gates at Concordia

Posted on Saturday, April 27th, 2013 by

This morning, over 3,800 people welcomed Bill Gates to Concordia’s campus. This event was one that has been talked about in the weeks and days leading up to this morning, and there were a lot of hours of work that went into getting Concordia prepared to have Bill Gates here, as well as preparation so that the event would go off without any issues or problems.

Bill Gates answering student questions at the event this morning.

Bill Gates answering student questions at the event this morning.

Due to the connections that I have on campus with my positions in the Advancement Office I was able to get the “inside” view of the entire event. I saw the way that things were being planned out, how different aspects of the main event along with the other smaller events on campus were happening this weekend, as well as ushering at the event and helping people find their seats.

In exchange for being an usher and helping out, I was able to receive a reserved seat in the very front row as a thank you for giving time out of my weekend to help the event go smoothly. It was really cool to have a front row seat and be able to see everything that was happening on stage. There were a group of students that were on stage asking Bill Gates questions about how he views sustainability and philanthropy, and what he views as important in the world. He seemed very down to earth, and very genuine which shined through everything that he shared with us today.

As a soon-to-be graduate of Concordia, it was very exciting having someone such as Bill Gates come to campus and share his views and thoughts with all of us. I certainly do thing that the kindness and generosity of Bill Gates is one to be admired, and I do hope that I will be able to put my skills and knowledge to good use as he has been able to do with his skills and knowledge. I think it is safe to say that Bill Gates knows how to BREW, and he knows how to BREW well, which is certainly a Cobber thing to do.

  1. Paul Allen says:

    Curious, did anyone ask him his view of Christianity?

  2. Rachel Meier says:

    I don’t recall so. Here is the link to the video of the Bill Gates event for you to watch.

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