top of page

2019 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit Agenda

Thursday, October 3

Breakfast Breakout Sessions

8:15 - 9:00 A.M.

It's Impossible to Break the Glass Ceiling If You Can't Get in the Door: Increasing Women's Workforce Participation in Afghanistan

U.S. Agency for International Development

Chemonics International

Evidence in Business Training for Entrepreneurs: An Interactive Discussion

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Youth, Violence, & Economic Opportunities in Latin America: Breaking Stigmas, Building Effective Solutions

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Glasswing International

La Facultad de Ciencias Sociales (FLASCO)

Universidad del Valle, Colombia

Putting South Africa to Work: The Role of the Jobs Fund in Supporting Enterprise Development

Genesis Analytics

Coffee & Transition Break

9:00 - 9:15 A.M.

Morning Keynote and Plenary

USAID Keynote Address: Current Strategic Priorities for Youth & Young Women's Economic Empowerment



LeAnna Marr, Director, Office of Education, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3), USAID


Transforming Challenge into Economic Opportunity: A Conversation with Young Women Transform Prize Grantees  

Youth engagement and women's economic development are well-known priorities of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Nevertheless, how to effectively address barriers to opportunity experienced by young women, and particularly young women with disabilities, remains a critical challenge. We will hear first-hand insights from three young women navigating these challenges in their own lives and work.  Julie Cram, Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID's Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3) and Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, will lead a conversation with youth grantees from USAID's "Young Women Transform Prize". The grantees will share insights on how they have experienced exclusion, and what resources and tools have helped them to overcome obstacles and gain access to skills training and work.


LeAnna Marr, Director, Office of Education, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3), USAID


Rhoda Ayieko, Founding Director, Kibera Community Empowerment Organization (KCEO)

Zipho Falakhe, Project Manager, Dream Factory Foundation

Lusanda Magwape, Founder and CEO, Dream Factory Foundation

9:15 - 10:15 A.M.

Coffee & Transition Break

10:15 - 10:35 A.M.

Breakout Sessions

10:35 - 11:35 A.M.

PVE & PYD: Building Resilience
Among Youth

Mercy Corps

Creative Associates International

Unpacking Dynamics of
Youth Entrepreneurship 


FHI 360

Village Capital


International Labour Organization (ILO)

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Building Evidence for
Workforce Development Systems: The Nuts and Bolts of Measuring Employment Outcomes for Youth
An Emerging Learning Architecture for Youth Systems Change: Early Lessons from the Youth Systems Collaborative

International Youth Foundation (IYF)

 Education Development Center (EDC) 

Coffee & Transition Break

11:35 - 11:55 A.M.

Breakout Sessions

11:55 A.M. - 12:55 P.M.

Tell Me a Story: A Tool for Youth Skills Development and Violence Prevention


 FHI 360

Working with Businesses and Governments to Create Opportunities for Decent and Sustainable Work for Youth, Women and Refugees

IKEA Foundation


Going to School


Opportunity Youth Leadership & Community-Based, Cross-sector Collaboration

Prudential Financial


Global Opportunity Youth Initiative (GOYI)

Aspen Forum for Community Solutions


The Three L's: Fueling Youth-Led Social and Economic Growth Through Livelihoods, Leadership, and Life Skills

GBRI Eat Fresh

Mkami Ltd.


Networking Lunch

12:55 - 1:40 P.M.

Breakout Sessions

1:40 - 2:40 P.M.

Engaging and Empowering Youth in Local Governance and Economic Opportunities: Tools and Lessons for Accountability

Community Development Council

Tetra Tech

 Management Systems International (MSI)


Achieving Mass Entrepreneurship: 50 Million Jobs by 2030 by Fostering Entrepreneurship at Scale

Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME)

Education Development Center (EDC)


International Youth Foundation (IYF)


State Government of Baja California Sur

How to Scale What Works: Lessons, Tools and Skills for Systems Change
Exploring the Gender Action Learning Methodology System (GALS) to Inc. Resilience & YEO 

Banyan Global

Tetra Tech

The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI)

Coffee & Transition Break

2:40 - 3:00 P.M.

Breakout Sessions

3:00 - 4:00 P.M.

Replicable Lessons from the STRYDE Self-Employment Program in Rural East Africa


Mastercard Foundation

Financial Literacy Through the Ages

Making Cents International

Sesame Workshop


Chemonics International

Johnson & Johnson

Identifying 'Win-Win' Partnerships for Youth Employment in Health: Experience from Bangladesh and Indonesia with Private Employers and Underserved Communities
From Prevention to Rehabilitation: Economic Opportunities for Young Victims of Violence in Bogota

Y Care International

YMCA Bogota

Transition Break

4:00 - 4:10 P.M.

Afternoon Plenaries

The Missing Peace: The Role of Youth-led Entrepreneurship to (Re)Solve Conflict


We live in a world in which providing economic opportunities for young people is often the primary concern. Yet it is also a world where young people’s prospects are deeply impacted by different kinds of disruption, conflict, and violence. Despite a growing body of research that offers us a more complex assessment of the relationships among adolescent development, opportunity, and violence, young people continue to be framed as a problem to be solved and a threat to be contained rather than as effective agents of peace.


This plenary takes a different approach and explores how young people are forging creative, alternative, and often entrepreneurial pathways for resolving conflict in their communities. In doing so, the discussion will explore the links among youth entrepreneurship, economic opportunity, and peacebuilding. We will also show how these insights can be applied to our policies and programs in ways that provide space for youth in the “peace economy”, while informing our own peace and security programmatic responses and priorities.  


Sarah Sladen, Director, Youth Economic Opportunities Network, Making Cents International


Samier Mansur, Founder & CEO, No Limit Generation & PeaceTech Lab

Aubrey Cox Ottenstein, Executive Director, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP)

4:50 - 5:30 P.M.

Expert Interview: The Promise of Adolescence: Linking Identity Development, Economic Opportunity, and “Youth Friendly Systems” in the 21st Century

Although adolescence is often associated with disruption and risk, it is also a developmental period rich with opportunity for young people to create their own identity and use their newfound agency to take action. Yet, as documented in the recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) consensus report, “The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth,” the promise of adolescence can be hindered by cultural, economic, and societal barriers and disadvantages. These cross-cutting factors can shape a young person’s pathway by reducing access to opportunities and increasing exposure to risks, stresses, and demands. Through a one-on-one interview with leading expert Dr. Joanna Lee Williams, Curry School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia and NASEM committee member, we will learn more about this interplay between individual identity development and environmental context that ultimately influences youth choices and behaviors. This conversation will help us begin to more clearly understand the challenges impacting adolescent development, as well as how we can start to rethink and redesign pathways toward a more inclusive future for all young people in the 21st century.



Dr. Christy Olenik, VP for Technical Services, Making Cents International



Dr. Joanna Lee Williams, Associate Professor, Dept. of Leadership, Foundations and Policy, Curry School of Education and Human Development, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

4:10 - 4:50 P.M.


6:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Young Professionals Networking Reception

Young professionals (under 29) attending the 13th Annual GYEO Summit are invited to join us for a special Young Professionals Networking Happy Hour At Denizens Brewing Co. on the evening of Thursday, October 3rd in downtown Silver Spring, MD.


Connect with your global peers and build your professional network in a fun and relaxed setting! Light snacks served.

Denizens Brewing Co.

1115 East-West Highway

Silver Spring, MD 20910

bottom of page