Destination Peace once again participated in The University of California San Diego’s (UCSD) Annual Global Empowerment Summit. The 2018 Conference was entitled “Time to Rise.”

The Summit attendees and global audience from over twenty countries witnessed the power of collaboration, social impact, and the collective output of leaders addressing issues surrounding worldwide social issues, focusing on human trafficking and transformational leadership – all via livestreaming!

The summit included several prominent local speakers, as well as global presenters from the United Nations and the World Bank. There was also a vendor fair, mini marketplace, and international food catered by survivors of human trafficking from different countries.

Destination Peace CEO and Founder Manny Perlman was a member of the TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP FOR EMPOWERMENT panel, moderated by Dr. Mary Walshok, Dean, UC San Diego Extension. In addition to Destination Peace’s CEO it included two distinguished Panelists: Dr. Ken Blanchard, Cofounder & Chief Spiritual Officer prolific author Ken Blanchard Companies and Hon. Venkatesan Ashok, Consul General of India.

Manny’s remarks: 

Four days before the Summit we marked the 149th Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.

Gandhi said:

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”

I look at leadership in terms of destinations.

A destination that sways and influences people to follow and get on the leader’s path.

A destination that persuades the individual to travel along with the leader on that path through long range commitments to reach the agreed-upon goals.

A destination of shared values, where the passenger feels valued.

A destination that leads to a promised landing that benefits others.

A destination that sways and influences people to follow and get on the leaders path.

My ultimate destination is peace.

Peace exists when each individual in the framework agrees to reach a goal that replaces discord with harmony. Destination Peace uses music, beating verbal swords into musical plowshares.

Manny with Professor Naila Chowdhury, the visionary founder and coordinator of the Summit. 
Now in its third year, the most significant impact of the Annual Global Empowerment Summit has been mobilizing local and global change makers. Naila believes “that dedicated people working together on issues of common concern can find pathways to change and build better, sustainable communities that care. This creates a compassionate foundation from which we can build a better world.” 


Author Kenneth Blanchard (“One Minute Manager”) Venkatesan Ashok, Consul General of India and Manny Perlman, Destination Peace
With Professor Bhavani Rao R. UNESCO Chair on Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality