Time magazine's Person of the Year and rock legend, Bono, took a break from his gig as lead singer of U2 to speak at the American Society of Association Executives' Nation's Capital Distinguished Speakers Series on February 3 at the Washington Hilton and Towers.
The man known for writing hits such as “Beautiful Day” and “Where the Streets Have No Name,” discussed his experiences and shared lessons on how one person can have an impact by choosing to live a more purposeful and involved life.
Over the past several years, Bono has brought attention to global poverty, HIV/AIDS in Africa, and campaigned for Third World debt relief. In 2002, Bono co-founded DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa), an organization designed to bring awareness to these issues. For his efforts, he was named Time's 2005 Person of the Year along with Bill and Melinda Gates, who were honored for their charitable foundation.
Susan Sarfati, president and CEO of The Center for Association Leadership and executive vice president of ASAE, expected those in attendance for Bono's highly anticipated address, The Future in Front of Us: Living a More Involved Life, would take away knowledge on how they can change their communities for the better.
Other speakers in the series this season are talk show host Larry King on April 18 and celebrity chefs Bobby Flay and Rachael Ray on June 19.