Former first lady Michelle Obama will speak in Vancouver today

Feb 16 2018, 1:25 am

Keep your eyes out for Michelle Obama today, as the former First Lady of the United States is in Vancouver.

Obama will take part in two sold-out speaking engagements today at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The first talk will begin at noon followed by another at 5 pm.

The night of conversation with Michelle Obama, a former lawyer, is organized by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.

In a release, Iain Black, president and CEO of the board, said he is “exceptionally excited to host Obama, who he described as “one of the most inspirational public figures of our time.”

“Our organization is honoured to provide a platform for distinguished dignitaries and thought leaders such as Michelle Obama to share their insights directly with British Columbians,” said Black.

Obama attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School, before becoming a lawyer in Chicago.

She later worked in the Chicago mayor’s office, the University of Chicago, and the University of Chicago Medical Centre.

As well, she founded the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an organization that prepares young people for careers in public service.

During her time as First Lady, Obama launched and led initiatives to boost children’s exercise levels, support veterans and their families, inspire young people to seek higher education, and help adolescent girls around the world go to school.

Anne Giardini, chair of the board and Chancellor of Simon Fraser University, described Obama as a “luminary.”

“She is a role model for millions of women and an inspiring speaker,” said Giardini.

“We look forward to hosting an evening of thought-provoking and compelling dialogue.”

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