AIESEC Laurier President Shinjni Sharma reflects on the Laurier delegation’s journey at the 2015 National Leadership Development Conference (NLDC 2015).
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”
A simple enough idea, but, as the adage goes, it’s easier said than done.
Exactly one month ago, eight youth leaders travelled to Calgary to represent Wilfrid Laurier University and AIESEC Laurier at NLDC 2015. This annual five-day national conference was hosted by AIESEC Calgary and AIESEC Mount Royal University this year. At AIESEC, we believe that leadership is the fundamental solution to changing and improving the world. With chapters in over 128 countries, we are the largest student run organization and focus on facilitating exchange around the world and developing the global youth leaders of tomorrow.
AIESEC conferences are focused on engaging members, providing meaningful experiences, and helping the delegates understand not only the organization, but themselves on a bigger scale. I have personally been to over 14 conferences in my AIESEC journey and have grown tremendously through these crucial experiences.
The atmosphere created by a room of 400 delegates motivating each other through dances, inspirational speeches, and valuable interactions is incredible. Each attendee contributes to the positive energy that encourages us to strive toward anything we put our mind to, and always pushes us to unleash our potential in everything we do. As youth, we have the ability to lead the world. AIESEC hones skills and provides experiences that allow us to become exceptional leaders.
The organization took this a step further at NLDC 2015. Unlike other conferences, delegates had the opportunity to personalize their schedules according to the experience they wanted. It was something very specialized and completely new.
Delegates were divided into sessions, and from there, they were allowed to choose between different workshops that fell under a specific theme: one of the four key components of AIESEC’s leadership development model. Each day was packed with content, from 9 am – 10 pm, and each individual was working hard, which generated an inspirational culture.
One of my favorite events was the Youth to Business Forum. In groups of eight, delegates formed and pitched various methods Ivey Business School could market their graduate program to undergraduates. They gave the corporate sponsor fresh ideas from a youth perspective. It was a full-day event that allowed the delegates to hone their business skills in a professional environment.
As the President of AIESEC Laurier, my favourite part of this conference was interacting with all the delegates from other chapters and learning more about them and their stories. What’s more, getting to know the Laurier delegation was inspiring, especially when we were talking about the future of the chapter. Having spoken to each delegate during and after the conference, I am confident they are ready and eager to create an impact on the community. Their ambition and willingness to learn and improve themselves is evident. So I’d like to thank AIESEC Laurier’s NLDC 2015 delegation for making my experiences at conferences so incredible. I’m unbelievably proud to be leading you towards the change we can make.
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