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2016 Class of Young Global Leaders

Young Global Leaders in New York - March 17, 2016

Each year the World Economic Forum selects Young Global Leaders (YGLs)–the most enterprising, innovative, socially minded, and exceptional leaders under the age of 40. Meet the Class of 2016 which includes scientists, politicians, entrepreneurs, artists and many more. This year’s class of 121 YGLs is split evenly between business and not-for-profit sectors. I’m proud to be YGL Class of 2009. On Thursday, March 17, 2016, we welcomed the new NY-based YGLs at an intimate gathering.

IWC Tribeca Film Reception

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy with fellow Young Global Leaders at the IWC Tribeca Film Reception - April 16, 2015

THE BUZZ: On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, I had a wonderful evening with fellow Young Global Leaders hosted by Georges A. Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen (and one of the original Young Global Leaders). IWC is a sponsor of the TriBeCa Film Festival. It was a delight to be at IWC’s flagship store on Madison Avenue amongst all of those luxury Swiss watches (with five and six-figure price tags).

NYSE Opening Bell Ceremony

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy with fellow Young Global Leaders and World Economic Forum Members at Opening Bell Ceremony of New York Stock Exchange - March 27, 2015

On Friday, March 27, 2015, I had the pleasure of participating in the New York Stock Exchange Opening Ceremony. The World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders (YGLs) had an opportunity to ring the opening bell in honor of our incoming 2015 class of YGLs (I got selected in 2009). It’s always impressive to be on the floor of the NYSE and such a delight to receive this royal treatment!

“Summer Davos” and YGL Summit 2014

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THE BUZZ: From September 5th through 16th, 2014, I was in Beijing for the Young Global Leader (YGL) Summit and Tianjin for the World Economic Forum on East Asia. Then, I had the immense pleasure of traveling with a small group – on a private jet – to Japan. It was incredible – from teaching yoga on a private section of The Great Wall of China to learning about the new wave of Buddhism from an esteemed Master. Check out the pictures…

Nelson Mandela’s Lesson on Love

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GLOBAL VIEWS: I was just in South Africa a few weeks ago and had lunch in Mandela Square in Sandton City, a commercial and entertainment hub in the heart of Johannesburg. A jovial bronzed statute of Nelson Mandela towers almost twenty feet above the sidewalk cafés and exclusive boutiques. People of different nationalities co-mingle as they dine and shop under foot. Adjacent to the luxurious Michelangelo Hotel, the statute and Square represent a South Africa that Nelson Mandela helped create – where all are considered equal under the constitution and the country itself can participate freely in the global economy.

Evening with Australian Consul General

Young Global Leaders at Australian Consul General Residence

THE BUZZ: It’s so wonderful being a Young Global Leader because we get such great invitations! On Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013, I had the pleasure of joining a small group of fellow YGLs at the Australian Consul General’s Residence in New York. It was hosted by outgoing Consul General Phil Scanlan AM.

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore

Dean Kishore Mahbubani Welcoming Young Global Leaders to Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore

THE BUZZ: From October 18th – 24th, 2012, I was in Singapore for the first time visiting family and attending an Executive Education program on “Insights into Politics and Policy in Asia for Global Leaders” at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.