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“The Lost Generation of Job Creators” – A cross-sector forum on expanding access for aspiring young entrepreneurs

May 17, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Are we at risk of losing a generation of job creators? If so, why are current efforts falling short? And what, through collective action, can we do about it?


Join us for a dynamic discussion of the need, proposed solutions, and next steps for collaboration, at the Global Center for Youth Employment on May 17, 2017.


In advance of the discussion, the GCYE will distribute a new report on expanding access to entrepreneurship: “An Ecosystem Model for Credentialing Entrepreneurs.” The report introduces a framework for engaging market stakeholders in identifying and championing young job creators, and proposes a digital platform for expanding entrepreneurial capability.


An interdisciplinary panel will discuss the report’s recommendations. The panel will convene experts in workforce development, entrepreneurship, credentialing, poverty alleviation, and youth programming.


After the panel, you are warmly invited to join us for a working lunch to discuss the framework and collaborate to address this vital need.


When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Where: IRG Conference Room, 1250 H Street NW, Suite 510
[Please note: This is a few blocks from RTI’s main offices]
8:30 — Arrivals and light breakfast
9:00 to 9:45 — Framing remarks, Elmira Bayrasli.
Elmira co-founded Foreign Policy Interrupted, an education and media startup dedicated to increasing female foreign policy voices in the written and electronic press. She is also a visiting fellow at the New America Foundation, and a lecturer at New York University. Her book, From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places looks at entrepreneurship growth beyond Silicon Valley, focusing on talented individuals around the world who have overcome insurmountable obstacles to lead high-growth business.
9:45-11:30 — Introduction of “An Ecosystem Model for Credentialing Entrepreneurs” by the Acceleration Group. Framework to be distributed at the event. Discussants and small group facilitators include: Sherry Youssef; Tom Gold; Steve Crawford; Sergiio Marrero; and Joyce Moy.
11:30 – 12:00 — Break
12:00 to 1:00 — Working lunch to discuss framework. 
1:00 to 3:00 — Next Steps in Framework piloting (optional, for those interested).
Please register here to attend the Job Creators event. Speakers to be announced.  


1250 H St. NW
1250 H St. NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States


GCYE and Acceleration Group