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On September 20, The Germination Project held its fourth annual Draft Day Gala at the Union League to announce its 2018 Student Fellows in a theatrical affair anchored by the induction of the best and brightest high school students from the region in an NBA-style draft. Baldwin students Blanche Jiang '20, Ava Rosenberger '20 and Saachi Singh '20 were selected from a competitive pool of applicants to participate in this year's Germination Project, which is an initiative dedicated to returning the city of Philadelphia to its historic leadership role both politically and industrially through the development of the next generational network of private and public sector leaders.
Hosted by Trish Wellenbach of the Please Touch Museum, the evening included a keynote speech by Rudy Karsan of Karlani Capital and the presentation of the Icon Award to Richard Vague for his endowment of Penn Medicine's Immunotherapy professorship held by Dr. Carl June.
The Germination Project aims to create a self-sustaining and perpetuating ecosystem for Philadelphia's next generation of leadership. By enlisting the region's current leaders, the Germination Project seeks to catalyze and energize an elite cadre of ambitious young men and women, brought together by their talent, drive and commitment to putting their gifts into service for the benefit of our city.
It invites our best and brightest, regardless of circumstance, into a committed and empowered fellowship–bestowing a lifetime's worth of opportunities in exchange for a promise by its members to pay those opportunities forward.
Through their involvement in specially designed service initiatives, Germination Fellows will have the unique opportunity to work alongside leaders from a variety of Philadelphia's most prominent organizations, companies and academic institutions. Fellows will gain invaluable experience working on all aspects of the service initiatives that are designed to address key issues that impact Philadelphia, including literacy and healthcare access.