Heller ’04: big dreams are possible

[Greg Heller’04] Greg Heller '04 discusses Denver and Philadelphia politics after hearing Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper '74 speak at the 2013 Ed Bacon Student Design Competition. Heller, a senior advisor at Econsult Solutions, graduated from Wesleyan with high honors and majored in American Studies and German Studies.

Last night hundreds of people came out to honor the student winners of the 2013 Ed Bacon Student DesignCompetition. The event was inspiring, celebrating visionary ideas for the future of Philadelphia from some of the world’s best and brightest young designers. This year’s winning team hailed from Cornell, with runners up from University of Maryland, University of Nottingham, University of Tennesee-Knoxville, and National University of Singapore.

The event also featured a keynote address from Edmund N. Bacon Prize winner, Colorado Governor and former Denver Mayor, John Hickenlooper. I met Hickenlooper once before in 2009, and both times he was easy going, down-to-earth, and totally visionary, with a firm belief that realizing big ideas is possible. Far from a career politician, he was previously a geologist and a beer brewer (owner of Wynkoop Brewing Company). I’ll also mention he’s a Philadelphia-area native and he and I share an alma mater (Wesleyan University).

I hope that the next wave of Philly leaders take a cue from Governor Hickenlooper and truly believe that big, visionary ideas are necessary and achievable.

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