2013 - 29th YLC - Austin, USA

Roots and Borders: How Personal and Collective Identities Interact with Politics and Economics in a Changing World

On October 17-19, 2013, in Austin, Texas, the Council for the United States and Italy held its 29th annual Young Leaders Conference on the subject “Roots and Borders: How Personal and Collective Identities Interact with Politics and Economics in a Changing World”.
The conference brought together 48 participants from Italy, the United States, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mexico, Spain, and Turkey.
The meeting started on Thursday, October 17, with an opening dinner hosted by Ryan D. Moss (Partner, Perella Weinberg Partners, and alumnus YLC Trieste 2012) where the invited speaker was Rafael Anchia (Member, Texas State Legislature and Partner, Haynes & Boone). 
On Friday, October 18, after the presentation of Enrico Cucchiani (Former CEO of Intesa Sanpaolo and Board member of the Council for the US and Italy), the plenary took place and three pre-selected participants introduced various aspects of the conference subject.
Young Leaders then divided into three regionally-balanced working groups in order to discuss the topics on a “Personal Dimension”, “Political Dimension” and “Economic Dimension”.
At lunch Kathie Tovo (Member, Austin City Council) gave a description of Austin. Paolo Verri (Director, Matera 2019 Committee, and Contents and Events Manager, Milan EXPO 2015) made a brief presentation of Matera, city that will host next YLC in 2014.
Friday dinner, sponsored by Chrysler Group LLC, took place at Lamberts Downtown Barbecue where the young leaders had also the chance to listen the live show of the Jitterbug Vipers quartet. 
On Saturday, October 19, the final plenary sessions took place at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library & Museum. Participants discussed the working groups’ reports and debated general conclusions. 
Mark Updegrove (Director, LBJ Library and Museum) spoke at lunch about President Johnson and the Museum. Lunch was followed by a visit to the Museum. 
The conference concluded with a bus tour of Austin.
The event was organized with the generous support of Chrysler Group LLC, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, IBM Corporation, The Interfin Companies and Giorgio Borlenghi, Ryan D. Moss, PricewaterhouseCoopers and State Street Corporation.