- Young Professionals Summit
YPS Sessions 2015
- Design Thinking Workshop
- Building Your Public Persona
- Beyond Bias: Inclusive Leadership Strategies
- The Emerging Global Trade Order
- Energy and Climate Change at the Core of Global Challenges
- Next Generation Leaders: Millennials in the Workforce
- Entrepreneurship, Risk, and Innovation
Design Thinking workshop
This session will introduce “Design Thinking” principles as a creative problem solving methodology. Design Thinking has been around for decades and in recent years has been championed by the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University. The process has been widely adopted as a collaborative “human-centered process for innovation” in five phases: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. Through this workshop, we will learn the design thinking process and explore ways to apply it to contemporary policy questions.
Building Your Public Persona
Reputations matter, and in today’s world, building a positive reputation is increasingly linked to the power of your ideas and how you convey your mission statement to the rest of the world. This workshop will train participants in how to create content that audiences want to consume and discuss ways in which participants can cultivate online and offline audiences that contribute to a positive reputation. The session will include an interactive dialogue with a seasoned journalist who will ground strategies in real-world examples.
Beyond Bias: Inclusive Leadership Strategies
Biases influence our thoughts, words and actions every single day but the majority of these biases are unconscious. Uncovering ingrained biases can positively affect your decision-making and leadership, both today and further along in your career. This workshop will help illuminate unconscious biases and how these steer you, by definition, without your knowing.
This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to interact with global leaders to learn about the ways in which they, at whatever stage in their career, can enhance performance by applying diversity and inclusion best practices. As a case study, participants will delve into the pitfalls of unconscious bias and will be invited to use entrepreneurial thinking to overcome bias in order to get the best results, regardless of one’s nation or sector.
The Emerging Global Trade Order
As both sides of the Atlantic debate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the global trade community is increasingly on edge. TTIP has developed into much more than just a trade negotiation; it has taken on a new persona that transcends its original market purpose. Concerns over the bilateral agreement’s potential to dictate and challenge future trade negotiations, especially multilateral trade relationships, are mounting.
Emerging global trade partners such as the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) may perceive this agreement as a shift in the global trade order away from a democratic process that may also have the potential to set higher bars on trade norms and regulations. TTIP highlights how trade is taking on a new political dimension within international relations and needs to be discussed in global terms.
- What are the implications of TTIP worldwide if it is signed? And what does this mean about the future of multilateral trade agreements?
- How is trade taking on this new persona and why does it matter globally?
- Should the BRICS be involved, and if so, to what extent?
Energy and Climate Change at the Core of Global Challenges
The United States is entering a pivotal moment for energy policy. Technological advances in extraction methods have led to a shale gas and shale oil production boom that has fundamentally altered the outlook and position for the country’s energy needs. At the same time, the European Union is striving to attain an energy system that is secure, sustainable, and affordable. At the end of last year, the EU pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, and many member states avidly support renewable energy as the way to avoid the greatest consequences of climate change. The crisis in Ukraine, however, has shifted attention in the EU away from climate change toward energy security goals.
Both the United States and Europe face significant challenges as they move forward in developing frameworks to address the shifting global energy and climate changes while maintaining sustainability and security. This session will explore the development, security, and climate change implications of securing energy supplies across these regions.
- What is the most pressing energy challenge facing your region?
- How do energy challenges underpin other priorities, from development and climate change to human security and geopolitical stability?
- Where will leadership on climate change come from? Where should it come from?
- How can the aims of sustainability and security be met without costing more than struggling economies can afford
Next Generation Leaders: Millennials in the Workforce
Across the globe, Millennials are emerging as the most educated generation yet. However millennials have different priorities for their careers and organizations than the current generation in power. They prioritize employees’ well-being and development, as well as their employer’s contributions to society, more than their own salaries and the company’s profit margins. A majority of millennials are choosing their jobs based on a “sense of purpose” rather than the terms of their contract. Often this generational divide is stronger than any cultural divide.
From Argentina to Belgium and Turkey to Japan, Deloitte surveyed over 7,800 millennials in 29 countries to produce its 2015 Millennial Survey. This session will use its results to launch a dialogue about millennials’ priorities for leadership across sectors, what tension this produces in the present, and what implications it holds for the future.
- What tensions, if any, have you witnessed between current leaders’ priorities and millennials’ priorities for their careers?
- How can businesses and government today attract and retain millennial talent?
- Will the millennials break the “glass ceiling”?
- Does government have a role in transitioning businesses to focus more on the advancement and wellbeing of society?
Entrepreneurship, Risk, and Innovation
“Innovation” has become the buzzword du jour of policymakers around the globe. Inflated rhetoric around supporting entrepreneurship and stimulating innovative thinking abounds, but policies in practice remain highly varied.
On one hand, leaders increasingly recognize entrepreneurs as job-creators that are often vital to local economies. On the other, innovation also implies disruption, instability, and possible failure, which often spells trouble for public majorities. These are the opposite ideals to which most governments prescribe. Where is the right balance?
This session will explore policies at the local, national, and supranational levels that affect entrepreneurship and risk-taking.
- What should the role of government be in private innovation?
- What does it take for a good idea to become a product? What does it take for a good idea to become a job-creator?
- What policies encourage (or discourage) risk-taking and job creation?