Elizabeth Kebler spent a week in DC recently as an ambassador for the State of Michigan in the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Officially she was known as a Cherry Blossom Princess.
Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry frees from Tokyo in Washington, D.C. The gift of the cherry blossom trees honor and celebrate the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries. The Cherry Blossom Princess Program is a week-long program that offers cultural, educational, and professional development opportunities for young women leaders across the United States.
“I was selected by the State of Michigan as a young woman leader based off of my leadership and academic achievements along with my interest in social, civic, community, and world affairs,” said Kebler, who has also served an internship with U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga of Michigan’s Second District. “I strive to surround myself with a diverse group of strong, smart women and throughout the week I was with 56 of them. I’m proud to be from the State of Michigan and I wanted to be able to represent my state in the nation’s capital.”
Kebler said she was able to make connections with world leaders and strong women while learning about opportunities in the future. She enjoyed learning more about the diplomacy that the United States engages with around the world. Government relations is her passion and she aspires to be a voice for our government that tells the truth and is consistently transparent.
Kebler only came back to Michigan and GVSU briefly. Right after graduation, she is moving to Washington D.C. on April 29 to begin a job as a communications specialist at the National Pension Fund and to begin work on a master’s degree from Georgetown University in public relations and corporate communications.
“My career aspirations are to be a communications director for a United State Senator someday,” she said. “I hope other students in the Grand Valley public relations program realize that there is a need for us in the government and that there are so many opportunities that can enrich their experiences in PR.”