Global Leadership Summit, 2018, held in Paris
The global leadership summit, by Northeastern University, hosted more than 160 attendees. It was kicked off by Northeastern University’s President Joseph E. Aoun and Richard D’Amore, chair of the Board of Trustees, in Paris. The main aim of the summit was to conduct a discussion that focused on a global vision and to emphasize the importance of students developing a global mindset. The guests at the summit included alumni, students, parents, as well as university speakers and featured speakers, all from over 30 different countries around the world. The summit is not only a platform for discussion but also as a location for the annual meet of Northeastern’s Young Global Leaders.
Northeastern’s Young Global Leaders is a group of alumni of the university. They promote a connection between the university and its graduates. They strengthen the university’s international network as well as provide perspective to university leadership.
From global vision, the discussion shifted to how upcoming changes are affecting higher education as well as to what Northeastern’s response to global change. Some speakers also addressed the disruption the global changes have caused around the globe and in their own countries as well. For example, Henri Seydoux, founder, chairman, and CEO of Parrot, SA, examined how entrepreneurship in Europe compared to America and more.
“I’m truly inspired by how passionate, supportive, dedicated, and enthusiastic our global community is for both the university and one another,” said Diane MacGillivray, Senior Vice President for university advancement at Northeastern. “The audience asked so many thoughtful and inquisitive questions. It showed how our global community has an insatiable curiosity about the world. As we build our global university system, that to me is the backbone on which this network will be built.”
The next Global Leadership Summit was held in Shanghai in spring 2019.