A select group of young entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean are getting the opportunity to participate in a one-of-a kind cultural exchange program in the U.S., thanks to the support of Delta and Aeromexico, lead sponsors of Young Leaders of Americas Initiative.
YLAI is a five-week leadership development and exchange program that empowers innovative business and social entrepreneurs to advance their ideas and contribute to social and economic development in their own communities. Hussein Berry, VP at Detroit’s Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, addressed more 230 entrepreneurs as they kicked off the program in the Motor City.
“Delta is proud of our history in Detroit, and we are excited for the future here,” Berry told the group. “Investing in partnerships, networks and communities is fundamental to what you will learn through your time in YLAI, and it is what has allowed Delta to be successful not only here in Detroit, but around the world.”
The event gave participants a chance to learn about the tools they need to grow businesses in their home countries. And it provided a platform to highlight the many benefits of the Delta and Aeromexico partnership.
“This kind of experience helps us to enlarge our network and to learn from different cultures,” said Maximiliano Casal, a 27-year-old entrepreneur from Uruguay who founded a logistics company called Nowports. “We are going to learn a lot of things from companies that are already established in the States, and we are going to be able to take those lessons back to our country.”
“I would like to take all the lessons I have learned from my host company through the program – the way they organize, their policy of pricing, the way they are selling products and take those practices back to my country,” said Daniela Hernandez, a Mexican entrepreneur who will be working with Rainbow Blossoms Natural Food Market in Louisville, Ky.
The 2018 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative is backed by the Meridian International Center. Meridian is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit focused on non-partisan global leadership and public diplomacy. YLAI is a Professional Fellows Program and is funded by the U.S. Department of State.