Michelle Obama Talks Entrepreneurship, Social Issues, More at WWDC
The second day of Worldwide Developer Conference opened with a conversation with Michelle Obama, first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017, and Lisa Jackson, Apple's Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.
The two worked closely together for several years, as Jackson formerly served as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2009 through 2013 before she joined Apple.
Obama discussed her experiences in the White House, including efforts to address childhood obesity, support military veterans and their families, to inspire young people to achieve higher education and global efforts to help girls attend school. She specifically noted that there are still many areas around the world where girls still aren't considered worthy of an education.
"Think about how somewhere in your work, in your life you're bringing somebody else up," Obama encouraged the audience, which packed the massive convention hall to capacity.
After an initial discussion, Jackson presented a series of photographs and asked Obama about the story behind the scenes, starting with an image of the 50th anniversary of the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in support of voting rights for African Americans--a peaceful demonstration that was met with the violence of Bloody Sunday.
Obama also commented on a photo depicting her "Let's Move" initiative to plant gardens in the White House lawn and involve school children in the cultivation and harvesting of produce, as well as describing a visit to Cambodia where she met girls who worked.
Following the hour long discussion, Obama received a standing ovation and was greeted on stage by Tim Cook, who posed with the pair to take a selfie including the audience in the background.
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