In 2016, Russell was invited to present at the biggest international conference for young people; LEAP Summit. LEAP stands for Learn, Engage, Act, and Progress and these global conferences are organised by NGO Croatian Office for Creativity and Innovation. The 3 day event bought together entrepreneurs, students, young professionals, NGO leaders and change-makers who are leaders in their respective communities. In the article, Russell reflects on this experience and shares the key lessons learned. To read (and share) the original article, follow this link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/just-short-leap-croatia-russell-dalgleish/
By Russell Dalgleish
I’ve just returned from addressing the LEAP 2016 Zagreb Summit, an unforgeable, life affirming experience. LEAP is an annual event organized and run by local students and young entrepreneurs with the ambitious goal to encourage innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and creativity.
On the build up to the event I was well briefed by event mastermind Andrej Hanzir but I had underestimated the size and scale of the event which attracted over 1,400, 20 to 35 year olds (many running successful businesses) and, oh yes, I was the Key Note speaker on the final day.
Leap attracts primarily Croatian attendees but also a sizeable number of delegates from near neighbour’s of Poland, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Turkey and also delegates from further afield. With event sponsors including IBM and Lenovo and P&G this was a high profile, well organised event with both local and international speakers.
My talk was more a plea to the attendees to use their skills to assist established and growing businesses to adapt as we travel through this period of incredible technology disruption in the global world of commerce. The talk was well received and the rest of my day was spent in over twenty 1-on-1 meetings with entrepreneurs and aspiring business leaders.
I would summarize my key lessons from the trip as: