On Oct. 28, Latin Trade Group hosted the first ever Young Leaders Agenda: Agents of Change. The aim was to provide a space for young entrepreneurs and CEOs at the forefront of innovation in the region to meet and discuss how to develop talent and foster ideas across generations, as key components of development and growth.
This event was made possible in association with the Americas Society and Council of the Americas, MTV, Ashoka, the IDB, Young Americas Business Trust and Greenberg Traurig.
"I am thrilled that we are able to put 30 young leaders together from startups and companies ranging from mobile payments, banking, retail, education and technology," said Latin Trade Group CEO Rosemary Winters during the event's opening remarks. "These are all young leaders who are disrupting the status quo of how business is being conducted throughout Latin America."
Joining Winters for the opening remarks were Mario Cader-Frech, senior vice president of public affairs and corporate responsibility, Viacom International Media Networks--Americas, and Yadira Soto, vice-chair of the board of directors at Young Americas Business Trust.
BRAVO YOUNG LEADER OF THE YEAR 2015: TALLIS GOMES, FOUNDER EASY TAXI
This year, Latin Trade honoured Tallis Gomes, founder of the mobile e-hailing application Easy Taxi, as the very first BRAVO Young Leader of the Year.
Gomes has shown a remarkable talent for business and entrepreneurship. From selling cellphones on the Internet at age 14, now, at age 27, he is the founder of Easy Taxi, with some 400,000 taxis and 18 million users registered across 30 countries.
"I never would have imagined that in five years after founding Easy Taxi I could be here," Gomes said in his keynote address. "The era of exploration is over, we cannot count on governments to support our societies. We must deliver real value, and there is no better way to deliver value to society than by using innovation."
NATURE AND NURTURE: DEVELOPING TALENT IN A HIGHLY COMPETITIVE WORLD
The first of the discussion sessions brought together two established leaders: Luis Montoya, president for Latin America Beverages PepsiCo, and Woods Staton, executive chairman of Arcos Dorados. The conversation was moderated by Bernardo Guillamon, manager of the Office of Outreach and Partnerships at the Inter-American Development Bank.
Together, Montoya and Staton discussed their insights on scalable growth in a changing market, retaining talent in Latin America, and...