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Point's 2018 National Leadership Conference
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Anytime the Point family gets together there’s magic. Gather 200 scholars, alumni, board members, and staff together at Disney World in Orlando for Point’s 2018 National Leadership Conference (NLC), and there’s no question where the happiest place on Earth is.

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Even being in the environs of the Magic Kingdom, Point Scholars and Alumni eagerly participated in sessions on public speaking, financial planning, developing community service projects, alumni engagement, and a special leadership workshop conducted by the Disney Institute. Point is grateful to its board members who helped lead sessions at the NLC. We asked some of them to reflect on the experience – read what they said on our NLC webpage

A highlight of each NLC is the Friday night Leadership Dinner.

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Inspired by the NLC, many in the Point family left Orlando eager to carry the energy and enthusiasm forward. Point Scholar Shannon Moran shares some ideas for continued advocacy on our ViewPoint blog.

Enjoy and gallery of photos on Facebook as well as a 
short video of NLC highlights
Gallery of photos on Facebook link
Short video of NLC highlights link
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The Point family is grateful to the sponsors who made the 2018 NLC and Leadership Dinner possible. They include Leadership Sponsor Wells Fargo, Entrepreneurial Sponsors TimeWarner Foundation and The Walt Disney Company, Impact Sponsor Toyota, Conference Meal Sponsors Ernst & Young Foundation, Friend of Point BE MORE, and Networking Breaks Sponsor Merrill Lynch.

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The Point family will always remember scholar Casey Hoke, who passed away in August. Casey brought warmth and love to every space he was in, and he is sorely missed. Casey’s Point community service project, www.QueerArtHistory.com  remains online as a tribute to his commitment to bringing visibility to LGBTQIA+ people.

What a Night! Point Honors Los Angeles
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More than 400 guests and celebrities filled the Beverly Hilton Hotel October 13 for Point Honors Los Angeles 2018. Highlights of the evening included the presentation of the Point Impact Award to actor Eric McCormack and the Point Horizon Award to writer and producer Steven Canals. Not only did Point exceed its $400,000 fundraising goal, but the evening also featured an announcement that Creative Artists Agency (CAA) would begin underwriting a new Point Foundation Scholarship in 2019. Comedian Solomon Georgio hosted the festive gala and recording star Leona Lewis brought the house down with a multi-song set.

Read media coverage of the event

View our photo gallery on Facebook

Watch our Point Honors LA video playlist

Take in all the social media buzz generated by #PointHonors


            Hilton Logo            Wells Fargo
HBO LOGO       Bruce Lindstrom
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Point's 2018 Community College Transfer Symposium
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Point brought the 25 recipients of its 2018 Community College Scholarship to Los Angeles in early September for a two day symposium focusing on how to transfer to four-year degree programs. The students, attending schools in 22 cities across the U.S., took part in workshops focusing on the college transfer process, financial literacy, essay writing, resume preparation, as well as wellness and self-care. 

Point Alumni were among the facilitators leading sessions, along with college deans, admissions advisors, and Point staff. Point Alumni are encouraged to volunteer as transfer coaches to help our community college students in the new academic year. Contact Alumni & Mentor Manager Zachary Lundin for more information.

Thank you to the sponsors that made the 2018 Transfer Symposium possible: Sponsors: Wells FargoThe California Endowment, and digital publication INTO.

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Cornerstone Washington D.C. members at Taste of Point

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Members of Point’s Cornerstone Society help ensure that Point can continue to provide scholarships, mentoring, leadership training and hope to LGBTQ students. Together with our Regional Trustees, Point hosts Cornerstone Society receptions in cities across the country. Recent Cornerstone events include a Taste of Point (pictured above) in Washington, D.C. and a Cornerstone Reception in East Hampton, Long Island.


Click Here to see Cornerstone Society members for 
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.
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Rewriting the Story for LGBTQ Students
Photo of Scholars, Alumni and Jorge Valencia at Hamptons 2018 fundraiser

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Any time an LGBTQ student in need finds the help and resources to go to college is a reason to celebrate. But, according to Point Executive Director Jorge Valencia, it’s time to make these happy endings the rule, not the exception. As we gear up for the November 1 opening of the application period for 2019 - 2020 Point scholarships, read Jorge’s essay on our ViewPoint blog.

Take Note column
Save the Date

Officers for Point’s Board of Directors for 2018-2019 are:

James Williams 
and Alan Guño 

Peter Lichtenthal
and Jennifer Wohlner 
Co-Vice Chairs

Brian Dent 

Ashland Johnson 

Point welcomes to its staff 
Lexi Hawley, Foundation and Institutional Relations Manager, working from Point’s L.A. office.


October 25

Dallas Cornerstone Reception

November 8 
Miami Cornerstone Reception

November 15 
A Night on Point Atlanta 

For more information visit 
Point Foundation logo link


Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential — despite the obstacles often put before them — to make a significant impact on society.

Point promotes change through education, mentorship, leadership development and community service training, and provides its scholars with the financial ability to attend the nation's foremost institutes of higher education.

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Point Foundation is a 501c3 organization and all donations are fully tax deductible. 

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