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2013 YEAR OF ITALIAN CULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES: YOUNG LEADERS CONFERENCE (AUSTIN, OCTOBER 17/19)

Date:

09/09/2013



2013 YEAR OF ITALIAN CULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES: YOUNG LEADERS CONFERENCE (AUSTIN, OCTOBER 17/19)

The 2013 edition of the Young Leaders Conference will convene in Austin, Capital of the State of  Texas, on October 17/19. The theme of the Conference will be Roots and Borders: How Personal and Collective Identities Interact with Politics and Economics in a Changing World.

Since 1984 the Young Leaders Conferences have been one the major activities of the Council for the United States and Italy.  Focused on the leaders of the future, these are gatherings at international level of outstanding professionals between the ages 28 and 39 from the academic, financial, governmental, industrial, media, and non-profit sectors. 

What role do personal and collective identity play in domestic politics, international relations, and the world of business?  To what extent do border issues count in governing a country or opening new markets?  The Young Leaders Conference in Austin, Texas - a border state - aims to exchange views on these themes, bringing present and future young leaders directly into the discussions. 

Unlike conventional meetings, the Young Leaders Conference does not call for outside speakers except for civic leaders and other local notables.  The discussions take place among the participants who, divided into working groups, share opinions, facts, and professional experiences with a view to arriving at a general consensus.  Coming from the US, Italy and about 10 other countries, the Young Leaders selected for the 2013 conference include managers, journalists, civil servants, founders of companies operating around the world, and experts in finance and consulting.

The objective of the conference, in addition to engendering  high-level discussions, is to establish a solid network of relationships and contacts among the participants that will last into the future.  The Young Leaders alumni have their own website, receive a bi-annual newsletter, and participate in special events (videoconferences between the US and Italy, breakfast roundtables, lunches and dinners with outside speakers, etc.).  They are occasionally invited to events for the members of the Council for the United States and Italy.

The Alumni of the Young Leaders Program, after almost 30 years of existence, now number over 500.  Among the best known are Enrico Letta (Prime Minister of Italy), Felipe Calderon (former President of Mexico), and David Leonhardt (Washington Bureau Chief of the New York Times). 

For further information see http://consiusa.org/en/activities/young_leaders.html .

Attendance is by invitation only. 

2013 - Year of Italian Culture in the United States, is an initiative held under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic and organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Italy in Washington. The aim of the initiative is to showcase Italian culture, not only in its traditional form of historical and artistic legacy, but also as a dynamic asset that gives value to the future relationship between Italy and the United States.

To learn more about the Year of Italian Culture in the USA:

- Official Web Page
www.italyinus2013.org
- Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/ItalyInUs2013/
- Twitter hashtag #2013ItalianYear
- Social media platform
www.twiplomacy.it/USA


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