The Emerging Leaders Network, informally ‘the NET’, represents emerging leaders in our community. The NET is comprised of alumni from Sister Cities programs, university students, and young professionals, ages 18 to 39, with an interest in all things international.
The mission of the NET is to inspire relationship building and cultural understanding by actively engaging the next generation of decision-makers in government, business, service, education, social and networking activities that develop international connections, throughout the year.
Benefits to joining include:
- Networking opportunities – locally and internationally
- Community involvement as a cultural ambassador
- Leadership development for Fort Worth’s future community leaders/global citizen leaders
- Promoting and sharing the ideas of the organization
NET members bring a diverse set of skills to the table and are called upon in wide variety of dynamic situations to support and promote the many programs available through Sister Cities – including local and international internships, the Associate Delegation Leader program, and local events designed to educate the community about the value of building friendships and understanding cultural differences.
Chair, Rachel Jenkins, University of Texas at Arlington
Alumni Relations Chair, Lindsay Wilson, National Pawnbrokers Association
In 2012 an International Business Protocol Workshop focused on Latin America was produced by NET members. Patricia Moore, President, Sentrum International Corporation and former diplomat, originally from Bogota, Columbia, shared business structures, perceptions and etiquette of Latin America. Protocol helps define the customs and regulations dealing with diplomatic formality, precedence, and etiquette and is the building block for any successful business relationship. Participants included business executives who travel representing their company, students seeking to broaden their international perspective and Fort Worth residents interested in expanding their horizons.
Welcoming the engineering students from Tec De Monterrey (Toluca, Mexico) this spring. Students were in town for 5 days visiting local firms such as XTO. NET members were on hand to make introductions and help facilitate the exchange of ideas.
NET members ran the 2010 Cowtown Marathon to support the Yamagata Emerging Leader Scholarship Program by raising awareness of the organization and scholarship funds for students traveling abroad to our sister cities.
In 2011, NET members produced the International Business Protocol Workshop led by Board of Directors member Susan Turner, Senior Protocol Manager for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. In its second year, the 2011 workshop delved into doing business with Italy, Germany, and Hungary. Protocol is the customs and regulations dealing with diplomatic formality, precedence, and etiquette and is the building block for any successful business relationship. Participants received a certificate of completion.