Save the Date and Plan to Join Us at Our Second Annual Gallup/Lemonade Day Briefing on “Business Startup Challenges and Youth Entrepreneurship Opportunities” on Thursday, Jan. 17, in Washington, D.C.

By Steven Gordon, Lemonade Day National President


Steven Gordon and Jim Clifton, CEO Gallup

Steven Gordon, President Lemonade Day National, and Jim Clifton, CEO Gallup


Mark your calendar and plan to join me, Lemonade Day Board Members and City Champions, Gallup executives and other supporters on Thursday, Jan. 17, at Gallup World Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  The theme of our second annual summit is “Business Startup Challenges and Youth Entrepreneurship Opportunities.”  This event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at Gallup World Headquarters, 901 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004. 

I am honored to co-host this briefing on Jan. 17 with Charlie Hamilton, who is our Lemonade Day national board chairman and a successful serial entrepreneur, and Joe Daly, a Gallup partner and a member of the Lemonade Day national board of directors. Charlie, Joe, and I will share “big ideas” that are focused on improving the lives of kids and transforming their thinking. We also will share our rationale for encouraging young kids to explore potential opportunities, and how adult leaders can influence student achievements that develop character, careers, and companies. 

In addition to welcoming Lemonade Day City Champions, fans and followers, we are inviting elected officials, leaders of youth organizations, educators, students, business owners and executives, media representatives, and others who support youth entrepreneurship to attend.


Preliminary Agenda

We will register attendees and host a networking event from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Charlie, Joe and I will lead the Main Session from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Break out session will follow, from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Jim Clifton, chairman of Gallup, will serve as the keynote speaker for the luncheon presentation that will begin at noon and conclude at approximately 1:30 p.m.  

We will provide details about the agenda and additional speakers at a future date.


2017 Lemonade Day youth presenter Rohit Srinivasan - founder Trashbots

2017 Lemonade Day Youth Presenter Rohit Srinivasan, Founder Trashbots


Thankful for the Gallup-Lemonade Day Relationship

Gallup is well known and highly respected throughout the world. Gallup is also an outspoken proponent of youth entrepreneurship and of our Lemonade Day program. I am extremely grateful that Gallup has been involved with Lemonade Day since 2013.  Gallup collaborated with George Washington University in Washington, D.C. to launch the Lemonade Day program there.

Lemonade Day and Gallup are committed to empowering youth with confidence, valuable skillsets and strategic relationships. Together, our organizations are igniting the sparks of entrepreneurship in young kids that will impact them for life.

Gallup research indicates that entrepreneurial aspiration is diminishing and that less than .25 percent of approximately four million high school graduates in the U.S. each is contributing to the economic vitality of their local community. Gallup’s findings reflect the current state of cultural and entrepreneurial deficits in our kids today, regardless of their parents’ income level.


Furthering the Conversation

I am honored to be one of the speakers at this event along with Charlie, Jim, Joe, and other thought leaders who are committed to furthering this important conversation about inspiring young kids today to become business leaders of tomorrow. Through strategic briefings such as the one we are hosting on Jan. 17 and other events in North America, we are recruiting more communities, more sponsors, and more mentors to help us ‘build the future and stir up success,” one lemonade stand at a time.

Since 2007, the Lemonade Day program has been responsible for engaging one million children in business startup experiences. Lemonade Day events have been held in 72 licensed markets in the United States, Canada and South Africa. Lemonade Day has become more than just one day: It is a movement with a mission of shaping and defining what the nation’s future creative leaders will look like and how they will interact with their family, their community and society. Lemonade Day leaders have set a goal of recruiting 250,000 mentors to engage millions of lemonade business owners in the experience of hosting a lemonade stand and learning lessons that will serve them for life by the year 2023.

For more information, please visit and view our 2017 briefing video HERE.

If you would like to learn more about the Gallup/Lemonade Day Briefing on Jan. 17 or register to attend, please contact Meghan Kelleher at 281-972-419 or

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