An Engine for Innovation: The 2015 Fulbright-Millennial Trains Journey

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 29, 2015


Six Fulbright Foreign Students who participated in the Millennial Trains Project (MTP) will participate in a panel discussion on Monday, June 1, 2015, at 2:30 p.m., to showcase the importance of international exchange programs in fostering innovation and entrepreneurial ideas among emerging leaders around the world.

As an enrichment component of the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Foreign Student exchange program, the MTP provided six Fulbright participants and 19 young American entrepreneurs with opportunities to strengthen their skills in leadership, social entrepreneurship, and communication while traveling by train from Los Angeles, CA, to Washington, D.C. On board the train, participants took part in leadership development training and participated in workshops conducted by social entrepreneurs across the United States.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government that has provided more than 360,000 participants with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

The MTP is a 501(c)(3) “engine of progress,” founded by Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumnus Patrick Dowd, to empower diverse groups of creative, entrepreneurial, and civic-minded Millennials (ages 18-34) and to foster innovation and exploration within these individuals and the communities they visit.

The panel discussion will be held in the Dean Acheson auditorium at the U.S. Department of State, 2200 C Street NW, Washington, D.C. Reporters who wish to cover the event must RSVP to ECA-Press@state.gov.

Final access time for press: Media can arrive at 1:30 p.m. and be in place no later than 2:20 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance. Media representatives must RSVP, and present one of the following upon entry: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).