The following post is by PSI’s Kate Roberts, Vice President – Corporate Marketing, Communications and Advocacy. This originally appears on the Huffington Post.
At the 1984 Winter Olympics, Jayne Torvill proved to the world that a British gal could navigate her way across ice — and the global stage — with grace and balance.
I pray that I won’t squander her legacy this week.
I’ve just arrived in blistery Davos, Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum, under 3 feet of snow. On Wednesday, this tranquil mountain hamlet will welcome three thousand movers and shakers from around the world to set a course for 2012. It’s an unparalleled opportunity for companies, governments and NGOs to work together and respond to economic, health and environmental challenges that affect us all.
This year, I am particularly excited to hear the ideas from the 200 Young Global Shapers and Young Global Leaders that the Forum has invited to join the discussion. Most of the world is facing a bleak future when it comes to jobs, education, housing and health. The voices of the under 30 and 40 are crucial to charting the course of future prosperity.
With my golden ticket in hand — and my fellow lady powerhouses in tow — I have spent the last week brainstorming how to make the most of this opportunity. Working for the global health organization PSI (Population Services International), a non-profit, my time and resources need to be well spent.