Jakarta – The United States Mission to ASEAN hosted the YSEALI Generation: Women’s Leadership workshop from May 17 – 20 to cultivate young professional women interested in advancing to leadership positions. Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Through a variety of programs and engagements, including U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, regional exchanges, and small grants, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN community.
The YSEALI Generation: Women’s Leadership workshop included thirty participants, ages 25-35, who were selected through a competitive application process. They include representatives from all ten ASEAN Member States. The workshop facilitated participants in identifying their personal strengths, setting professional goals, building negotiation skills, improving proficiencies in public speaking, and increasing networking opportunities. Ambassador Nina Hachigian, the U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN, moderated a panel discussion Women who Lead: A Discussion with Top Women Diplomats with four other Jakarta based senior officials to share experiences and best practices for the aspiring young leaders.