I'm writing this blog post from Santiago in Chile where I'm attending the Empredil conference with Rahfeal Gordon, who's giving a keynote speech on Friday to more than 600 people at Chile's most prestigious school Nido de Aguilas, which is an international school with about 1,500 pupils and a theatre that seats 750 where the two-day event will take place.
I'm literally blown away by what I've seen so far. Founded three years ago in Mexico by then 15-year old Diego Garza, who is Rahfeal's mentee and has already published his first book, Empredil is 'by young people for young people', although there'll be a real mix of ages here for the conference.
Empredil – a not-for-profit, which focuses on helping youngsters take action to realise their potential – has held two conferences in Monterrey, Mexico and this is the first in Chile.
Here in Chile, a core group of 30 Empredil members including eight executives led by Empredil Chile President Diego Elizondo have spent the past year fundraising and organising the event. Raising an impressive USD 10,000 – with collaboration from Samsung and the Ladera hotel, and the Nido de Aguilas school – the cost to attend the event is just USD 3, making it accessible to everyone, and of the 600 or so attendees there's a mix of students, entrepreneurs, educators and business leaders.
What I've been struck by is how these high school children are really shaping the odds in their favour with their passion, drive and enthusiasm to pay it forward and have a positive impact on the world. Experiencing this really gives me hope for the future. The energy is amazing and I'm really looking forward to hearing all the speakers and watching Empredil flourish and hopefully grow its reach around the world. Congratulations to Diego on his Empredil initiative and to the rest of the team on their amazing organisation.
The Empredil conference is going to be awesome!