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Michelle Obama is keynote speaker for AIA National on Architecture conference 2017

Former First Lady, Michelle Obama, will be one of the keynote speakers at the for the 2017 American Institute of Architects (AIA) conference in Orlando, Florida.

She will be joining architects  Alejandro Aravena, Nora Demeter, Dr. Eve Edelstein, Elizabeth Diller, Michael Ford, Francis Kéré, and Michael Murphy, among others.

Obama is scheduled to speak at the three-day conference that will take place between April 27 to 29, 2017.

The official AIA website listed Michelle Obama as someone who has become “a role model, champion and inspiration for women, families and young people across America and around the world”, adding that “over the last eight years while in the White House, former First Lady Michelle Obama has worked tirelessly to champion a number of important initiatives designed to make our world a better place.”

Obama served as an assistant to Mayor Richard Daley and as Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development for the city of Chicago, before becoming the founding Executive Director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that prepares young people for public service careers.

From the AIA website:

As First Lady, Mrs. Obama launched and led four key initiatives:

Let’s Move! brought together community leaders, educators, medical professionals, parents, celebrities, and others in a nationwide effort to address the challenge of childhood obesity
Joining Forces, which she launched with Dr. Jill Biden, called on all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities
Reach Higher aimed to inspire young people across America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university
Let Girls Learn, focused on helping adolescent girls around the world go to school.

Obama graduated cum laude from Princeton in 1985 and received a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1988.