International Young Leader’s Conference & Career Fair

Join us at the International Young Leaders Conference, where we empower young minds to reshape the world! 🌍

At this year’s conference, we delve into the thought-provoking theme of “The Value of A Life.” The conference will consist of two panels: Global Perspectives & Closer to Home.

PANEL 1: Global Perspectives

Topics include:
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

PANEL 2: Closer to Home

Topics include:
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

Conference Schedule

10:00Opening Remarks
10:30-12:00Panel 1: Global Perspectives
1:00-1:45Keynote: Artificial Intelligence and Our Future
1:45-3:00Panel 2: Closer to Home
3:00-3:30Presentation of Global Scholars Certificates & Closing Remarks


Aug 02 2023


10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
326 Market St, Harrisburg, PA 17101
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  • Chad Dion Lassiter
    Chad Dion Lassiter
    Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

    Lassiter is the current Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, where he investigates complaints of unlawful discrimination in areas like employment, housing, commercial property, education, and public accommodations. A nationally recognized expert in the field of American Race Relations, Lassiter has worked on race, peace, and poverty- related issues in the U.S., Africa, Canada, Haiti, Israel, and Norway, and is called upon frequently by media outlets to provide commentary on race relations and potential solutions.

  • Cole Goodman
    Cole Goodman
    Vice Chair of the Dauphin County Democratic Party

    Cole Davis Goodman is a political consultant, soccer coach and
    community activist who is widely traveled around the globe. He is active in
    politics in Pennsylvania and is a member of the Executive Committee of the State Democratic Party, as well as vice chair of the Dauphin County Democratic Party.

  • Don Brown
    Don Brown
    Scholar in Residence for Sustainability Ethics and Law

    Scholar in Residence for Sustainability Ethics and Law through Widener Law Commonwealth’s Environmental Law and Sustainability Center. He previously worked as program manager for United Nations Organizations at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of International Environmental Policy. He represented the agency on U.S. delegations to the United Nations negotiating climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development issues.

  • Dr. JosĂ© de ArimatĂ©ia da Cruz
    Dr. José de Arimatéia da Cruz
    Professor of International Relations and International Studies at Georgia Southern University

    Dr. José de Arimatéia da Cruz is a Professor of International Relations and International Studies at Georgia Southern University, Savannah, GA. He also serves as an Adjunct Research Professor at the U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, Carlisle, PA, and a Research Fellow at the Brazil Research Unit, Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington, DC. Additionally, he has held visiting teaching appointments at various institutions globally. Dr. da Cruz holds multiple degrees, including a Ph.D. in political science from Miami University, Oxford, OH, and an M.P.H. in public health from Georgia Southern University.

  • Dr. Mehdi Noorbaksh
    Dr. Mehdi Noorbaksh
    Professor at Harrisburg University, WACH Vice President

    Expert on the Middle East, Iran, and International Affairs

  • Dr. Renu Joshi
    Dr. Renu Joshi
    Endocrinologist, Mount Nittany Medical Center

    Dr. Renu Joshi is an endocrinologist who has practiced in the US for over 20 years. She is currently at Mount Nittany Medical Center and previously worked as VP of Population Health at UPMC Central PA. She is known for her work in diabetes care and has received numerous awards for her work.

  • Dr. Truong Xuan Tran
    Dr. Truong Xuan Tran
    Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Penn State Harrisburg

    Dr. Truong X. Tran has been an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Penn State Harrisburg, Penn State University, since August 2021. Dr. Tran has experience and interests in conducting research in Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Bioinformatics, and Software Engineering. His research explores applications in both transformative research and embedding innovation research into real-world problems.

  • Durre Sharif
    Durre Sharif
    Resettlement Supervisor, Church World Services

    Durre Sharif, a London native, is passionate about cross-cultural understanding & community building. She studied English literature & taught in London for six years, making a positive impact on students. Durre is a member of the Ahmadi Muslim Community & has witnessed the positive impact of refugee resettlement on persecuted individuals. After moving to the US, she focused on advocating for Muslims, promoting diversity, & nurturing future leaders. Durre volunteered as an interpreter for CWS Harrisburg, where she became a Community Relations Sr Specialist & now serves as Resettlement Supervisor, impacting lives & supporting those seeking a new beginning.

  • Jennifer C. Foxworthy
    Jennifer C. Foxworthy
    Founder and CEO of her Inspirationally Speaking, LLC

    Jennifer Foxworthy is a post-domestic violence thriver and victim’s advocate. She is founder and CEO of her Inspirationally Speaking, LLC, and is a motivational speaker. A retired Navy Aircrewman, Jennifer knocked down stereotypes and dealt with discrimination as she became the first African-American female Aircrewman, the first African-American Aircrewman in the enlisted ranks, and the first female In Flight Technician during her squadron tours.

  • Sanjay Paul, PhD
    Sanjay Paul, PhD
    Professor, Elizabethtown College

    Dr. Paul joined Elizabethtown College in 2002. He teaches courses in mathematical economics, data visualization, international economics and a first-year seminar on globalization. He has developed an International Organizations Seminar in which he leads a study tour to Switzerland and Germany, which involves collaboration with Konstanz University in Germany. In the past he has led study tours to Brussels, Dhaka, and the United Nations, New York.
    His research interests include globalization, economic development and trade policy. Dr. Paul has written on economic issues for the Patriot News.
    He has a Ph.D. in economics from the State University of New York, Buffalo, and Bachelor’s of Technology in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.