US Mission to Asean hosts young women’s leadership forum

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JAKARTA: The United States Mission to Asean hosted the “YSEALI Generation:  Women’s Leadership workshop” in May to cultivate young professional women interested in advancing to leadership positions.

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Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is US President Barack Obama’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Through a variety of programs and engagements, including US educational and cultural exchanges, regional exchanges, and small grants, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture an Asean community.

The workshop included 30 participants, aged 25 to 35, who were selected through a competitive application process. They included representatives from all 10 Asean Member States.

The workshop facilitated participants in identifying their personal strengths, setting professional goals, building negotiation skills, improving proficiencies in public speaking, and increasing networking opportunities. Ambassador Nina Hachigian, the US Ambassador to Asean, moderated a panel discussion titled, “Women who Lead:  A Discussion with Top Women Diplomats” with four other Jakarta based senior officials to share experiences and best practices for the aspiring young leaders.

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