The “Confederación Estudiantil de Liderazgo Latino Americano” (CELLA) took place in the University of Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico this past Sept.29-Oct 2nd. This conference envisioned a generation of young Latin-American leaders coming together to take action and responsibility to generate a new and positive change in the region.
“Latin culture tends to learn more from people than books.. this is why the region needs more conferences like this one” Monica Pugh in opening speech.
With high expectations, 85 young leaders from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Peru , Argentina and the USA gathered these days wishing to learn more about leadership and initiatives in which they could take part of. I got the chance to participate from the conference and open my eyes to all the talent and amazing ideas people my age have around the region.
The conference was split into three days: The first was the realities of Latin America in which we learnt about coaching and working on our dreams; Banco compartamos- a microfinancing bank in Mexico; a World Café in which we all got to sit down in round tables and brainstorm the good and bad of our region and I also got to be a key note speaker where I spoke about turning challenges to opportunities through the storytelling of my own personal life story.
The second day was purely about leadership and the speakers and conferences ranged from the rainbow of leadership to inclusion of disabled in leadership and putting team leadership into action through a Lanzate “rope course” activity. This day I was able to learn how my personality influences my leadership style through a workshop lead by a Global Leadership Program Alumni, Ana Lucia Cavazos , I learned about the importance of including disabled people in our daily activities, work etc through a “UNIDOS” workshop in which we had a sense taken away and we had to impact someone’s life (I was “blind” and we gave free hugs to people around campus) and I put in practice my challenge zone and teamwork by climbing into the 20mt high discovery in the Lanzate Center and jumping of the giant swing.