YLAI Summit Coverage

Recorded from the YLAI Summit:

Thursday, November 10

Investing in Women: Promoting Social and Economic Empowerment

10:45-11:45 am EST

Insights from a Groundbreaking Entrepreneur and Active Global Citizen

with Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group

4:30-5:15pm EST

Friday, November 11

Pitch Competition

1:30-3:30pm EST

About the sessions

Investing in Women: Promoting Social and Economic Empowerment

Women entrepreneurs are an under-tapped force that can drive economic growth across the Western Hemisphere. This conversation will focus on advancing and augmenting the pool of women business leaders throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

Moderator: Wade Channell, Senior Economic Growth Advisor, Office on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, U.S. Agency for International Development

Panel:

  • Belisa de las Casas, Regional Director of Latin America, WeConnect International Violeta Martínez, Founder, VAIZA
  • Danielle Tate, Founder and CEO, MissNowMrs.com; Author, Elegant Entrepreneur

Insights from a Groundbreaking Entrepreneur and Active Global Citizen

A Conversation with Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group Moderated by Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel

Pitch Competition

The YLAI finalists from the twenty-one city hub competitions around the U.S. will compete in the final pitch competition. Each fellow will have 3 minutes to pitch their project to the panel of judges. The winner will receive a small grant to aid their entrepreneurial venture at home.

About the Summit

U.S. government, private sector and civil society leaders will meet with 250 Latin American and Caribbean young business and social entrepreneurs from November 9-11 at the Closing Summit of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program.

The Summit, held in Washington, D.C., will feature a dialogue with Sir Richard Branson and a pitch competition with judges representing business, government, venture capitalists and other organizations engaged in the Western Hemisphere. The young Latin American and Caribbean leaders are convening in Washington after spending five weeks in individualized fellowships developing their business or social venture plans at start-ups, small businesses, and various organizations in cities throughout the United States and in partnership with community groups and U.S. universities.