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Altman Scholars in the World: Altman Senior Ethan Levy Meets President Bill Clinton

March 20, 2016 4:30 PM

Altman Senior, Ethan Levy, class of 2016, has been innovating since he started his tenure at Tulane almost four years ago, and all of his entrepreneurship has most recently culminated in the online sharing site, FailUp, a website where students can post their ideas for various ventures and allow them to be tweaked and improved by a community of like-minded individuals. This innovation let Ethan to successfully apply to the Clinton Global Initiative University in Berkeley, California. At CGIU, he had the opportunity to hear President Bill Clinton talk about his experiences with failure, and even meet the President to discuss his speech.

Ethan had this to say about his meeting with the former President: 

I was out in Berkeley to attend the CGIU (Clinton Global Initiative University) conference, where I would work on and share my "commitment to action," called FailUp. A big theme throughout the conference was failure and the importance of not being afraid of failure. Bill Clinton spoke of this, and during the "day of service," 1200+ students got to volunteer alongside the former President himself. My friend Jared and I strategically positioned ourselves to catch his attention. We spoke with him about the importance of reflecting and learning from failure for a bit, and then thanked him. Before he left, we made sure to capture a quick picture for evidence that we hung out with him. What a guy!