WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lauren Burgess of West Minot participated in the Global Young Leaders Conference from June 20 through July 1 in Washington, D.C., and New York.

The conference is a challenging leadership development program for high school students from around the world who demonstrate leadership potential and strong scholastic skills.

Burgess was among 400 outstanding scholars to attend the conference, which explored international politics, finance, culture and diplomacy with key world leaders and newsmakers.

“Students like Lauren Burgess, who participate in the Global Young Leaders Conference, are actively seeking out opportunities to better lead countries around the world,” said Mike Lasday, executive director of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, the organization that operates the conference.

“In upcoming years, answering the threat of terrorism and global epidemics such as AIDS as well as building and maintaining coalitions will fall on the shoulders of these young leaders. There is no doubt that learning about today’s global concerns from today’s leaders will equip these outstanding individuals to ensure a better future for our world.”

“We must all commit to working with people of differing cultures,” said Dr. Gary Weaver, professor of international communication at the American University. “This is part of our new reality. As we step further into the 21st century, you may not always agree with other cultures, but if you expect to be a leader, it is your obligation to understand them.”

In addition to speakers, the conference explored the centers of world diplomacy and finance, making stops at the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations and various embassies, including Azerbaijan, Hungary, Bahamas, Brazil, Jordan and Vietnam. It culminated in a summit, which took place in the United Nations and assigned roles of world leaders to students during an international crisis simulation.

The council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan leadership education organization. For additional information, visit www.cylc.org.


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