August 2, 2023

The Value of A Life | International Young Leaders Conference

About The Event

The 2023 International Young Leaders Conference was held on 2 August 2023 at Harrisburg University. Our summer interns organized the conference over the course of their 6 week internship program.

Focused on the theme of “The Value of A Life,” this conference delved deep into both global and local perspectives. The supporting ideas revolved around exploring the value of each life, regardless of race, gender, religion, or any other diversity factor. With engaging discussions, keynote speakers, and fruitful conversations, the conference was able to inspire future leaders who will impact lives positively.

During the event, in addition to the main program, there was a career and university fair that offered a plethora of opportunities to students and interns. The fair was an amazing chance for attendees to learn about various career and academic options.

Event Schedule

Panel 1:

Global Perspectives

Dr. Mehdi Noorbaksh – Global Aggression
Don Brown – Climate & Ethics
Dr. Sanjay Paul – Global Economic Inequality
Dr. José de Arimatéia da Cruz – Counterterrorism and Protecting the Homeland


AI & Its Impact on The Value of Life

Speaker: Dr. Truong Xuan Tran

Panel 2:

Local Perspectives

Chad Dion Lassiter – Protecting civil rights
Durre Sharif – Refugees/Immigrants in Our Region
Dr. Renu Joshi – Healthcare/Physical and Mental Health
Cole Goodman – Politics, youth and value of life for future leaders
Jennifer C. Foxworthy – Human Trafficking in our Region

Our Speakers

Dr. Mehdi Noorbaksh

Professor of International Affairs & Business at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Don Brown

Scholar in Residence for Sustainability Ethics at Weidner University

Sanjay Paul, PhD

Professor of Economics at Elizabethtown College

Dr. José de Arimatéia da Cruz

Professor of International Relations and International Studies at Georgia Southern University

Dr. Truong Xuan Tran

Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Penn State Harrisburg

Chad Dion Lassiter

Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Durre Sharif

Resettlement Supervisor, Church World Services

Dr. Renu Joshi

Endocrinologist, Mount Nittany Medical Center

Cole Goodman

Vice Chair of the Dauphin County Democratic Party

Jennifer C. Foxworthy

Founder and CEO of Inspirationally Speaking, LLC

Conference Video

If you could not join us for this conference you can watch the live streamed recording here.

Our Program Sponsors & Career Fair Partners

Thank You.