Young Leaders of The Americas Initiative (YLAI) Closing Summit, Media Advisory

YLAI 2016

November 7, 2016

Media Contact: For more information, or to RSVP, please contact
Monique McSween | (202) 939-5882 |


Obama Administration Initiative Brings 250 Young Leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean to Washington, DC


WHAT: Closing Summit for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI)

250 young leaders representing 35 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean will convene with senior officials from the U.S. Department of State, as well as top business leaders from Washington, DC, for the 2016 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program Closing Summit.

Launched by President Barack Obama, the YLAI Professional Fellows Program is an international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Meridian International Center. This dynamic program addresses the opportunity gap for youth, especially women, by providing entrepreneurs and civil society leaders with the training, tools, networks, and resources they need to transform their societies and contribute more fully to economic development and prosperity, security, human rights, and good governance in the hemisphere.

Fellows will come together for plenary and breakout sessions as well as a pitch competition.

WHO: 250 young leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean;

  • Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group
  • Richard Stengel, Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
  • Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs
  • Mari Carmen Aponte, Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs
  • Jean Case, Co-Founder, Case Foundation;
  • Carlos Gutierrez, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group, Former Kellogg’s CEO and Secretary of Commerce


Wednesday, November 9, 2016
8:30am – 10am (Opening Sessions at the Key Bridge Marriott)

Thursday, November 10, 2016
8:45am – 10:15am (Sessions on trade and foreign affairs at the Key Bridge Marriott)
4:30pm – 5:15pm (Conversation with Sir Richard Branson at the U.S. Department of State)

Friday, November 11, 2016
1:30pm – 5:30pm (Pitch Competition and Networking Reception)


Key Bridge Marriott
1401 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22209

U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520


For more information, or to RSVP, please contact:
Monique McSween, 202-939-5882 or

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