Eddie Percapio and Bridget Larson are this year’s Project Manager Fellows of their Washington D.C. Hub Team at Georgetown University. Georgetown University was the first university to launch a OWYP Hub on their campus, and Eddie and Bridget are proud to expand their Hub and deepen the program’s impact in Washington D.C.
Written by Eddie Percapio and Bridget Larson
There is a saying that you never truly know someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Well, at the OWYP summer training conference in Stony Point, you don’t truly know your fellow Project Manager Fellow until you 1) butcher their language in the attempt to converse with them, 2) discover their preferred alternate universe, and 3) engage in a pre-workshop pillow fight with tensions running high. In any case, all of this crucial information was discovered today, before most of us even had the chance to eat a full meal.
Today we started off with an exhilarating energizer, which was much needed since we got back from New York at around 2am and everyone was a bit discombobulated, especially myself, since the perceived 5 minutes lapse between my alarm and when I got up turned out to be a full hour. Today’s energizer was the “Tree-chopping activity” (for lack of a better name), in which players formed groups of three and simulated the act of chopping down a tree (the middle person raised their arms in an impression of a tree and the end two people acted out chopping down the tree, sound effects included).
After the icebreaker we began our first workshop, during which Myk, Cady, and Anjali led us through technical details of social media. For example, we explored various routes of using Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Vimeo, and some elements of Gmail. Following, we all engaged in a “scavenger hunt” using social media to demonstrate the skills we learned.
After lunch began the workshops run by PMFs ourselves. Equipped with new techniques building and sustaining connections among PAs and marketing tools to spread the word of OWYP and our work, pooling our personal experiences and innovative thinking allowed us to help each other create a tighter global network. Shortly thereafter, as per our usual meal schedule, a Stony Point van picked us up for dinner.
We enjoyed a dinner of authentic American barbeque complete with hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, macaroni salad, and extra sweet lemonade, on two outdoor picnic tables. The show to follow our dinner began with the call of “Ice cream!” from Ayesha’s mouth. As I raced my fellow PMFs to the kitchen, I realized we were late to the game. For a peaceful, interfaith conference center, these guests definitely know how to elbow their way to earn some chocolate and vanilla ice cream. After all, carrot cake and fruit can qualify as a satisfying dessert for so many days.
After quickly returning to our respective spots on the picnic bench, we quietly delved into one of my favorite guilty pleasures. I’ve heard that the best conversations happen over dinner, but I would argue you learn the most about people over dessert. For example, I learned that Ayesha, my new pocket-sized Pakistani friend, enjoys the shivers caused by a bowl of ice cream as big as her face. Program Manager Cady, on the other hand, will sit patiently stirring her ice cream until it melts into the just the right soupy consistency. Regardless of its shape and temperature, any friend of ice cream is a friend of mine.