Getting Ready for the Summit – Kelsey


Last year’s OYW Summit –  Bangkok, Thailand


I can’t believe that it’s been almost one year since Bangkok’s One Young World (OYW) Summit! In just over a week, the WU OYW team will meet face-to-face in Ottawa. I feel so many things – surprised that it’s already here, excited to meet the other delegates, proud to represent WU, and, if I’m being completely honest, nervous about my external breakout session and setting up the team for success. More than anything though, I’m extremely excited.


Last year’s OYW team.

This will be my second year attending the One Young World Summit and my first time presenting at it. Last year was a first for WU. We learned so much and felt so inspired by all of the other delegates. However, I also felt in some ways that we had missed an opportunity. The innovative way that WU approaches corporate responsibility is end-to-end – if you use our products or services, if you partner with us, if you work for us, then you are a part of our mission to change the world for better. I’m excited to share some of our best practices with other delegates and facilitate a roundtable discussion on how each of us is capable of and can make the world a better place.

What I would like to gain from the summit is an expanded global perception. This summit gathers people from all over the world. We were raised in different cultures, we have different beliefs and values. However, this group of young leaders is able to come together for the week and have a candid discussion about the problems our world is facing and how we can solve them. I’m not going to delve into politics right now… but I think it’s safe to say that there’s something incredibly powerful in that.


The second piece that I would like to gain from the summit is tangible ideas of how our OYW team can respond to the refugee crisis. Following the summit, we will be working together to deliver a Learning Action Project that aligns with our overall #WithRefugees strategy. This is an incredible opportunity for us to come together as a global team and affect the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in a big way. It still blows my mind that I work for a corporation where responding to the refugee crisis is part of my job, as our recruiting team would say, this is #WorkThatMakesADifference.



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