Region hosts major event for young leaders

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Emma Eastwood, from Leeds, the former JCI UK national president. Picture Bruce Rollinson YOUNG business leaders from across Europe will attend a major conference in Yorkshire later this year. Members of Junior Chamber International (JCI) will celebrate the centenary of the JCI movement when they stage their national conference at the Holiday Inn, in Barnsley, from Friday November 20 to Sunday November 22. JCI – a volunteer network for people in their twenties and thirties – was founded in 1915 in St Louis, Missouri. It spread to the UK in 1925. Former US Presidents Al Gore, Bill Clinton and John F Kennedy were all members of JCI in the US. Ben Hawley, the 2015 UK conference director, told The Yorkshire Post: “JCI is all about creating the leaders of tomorrow. We have gone with the theme ‘Modern Centurions : The New Breed of Leaders’. We are aiming for a minimum of 130 JCI delegate for the whole weekend, and an additional 250 on the Friday. It’s already turning into an international event as we have JCI members attending from Poland, Germany, Malta, Lithuania, Belgium and Serbia. The event builds on a strong history of JCI Yorkshire holding the national conference. Since 2006, different chambers in Yorkshire have held the event five times.” Yorkshire’s leading role in the revival of the JCI movement was recognised in 2012 when the global head of JCI visited the county. JCI World President Bertolt Daems held talks with JCI members in Sheffield during a three-day tour of Britain. Charlie Pearson, JCI Yorkshire 2015 regional group chairman, said the event also marked the 60th anniversary of JCI Yorkshire. Ms Pearson added: “We have three chambers that have relaunched in the last 18 months. They are all have very positive futures. JCI Rotherham relaunched in February […]

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