Anticipation is mounting for the the One Young World Summit, which brings its third gathering to Pittsburgh in October. Organizers say they have already registered 1,000 delegates, approaching the goal of 1,500.

One Young World flags welcome delegates in Zurich, 2011 / Photo by Amanda Sennert

The summit is an annual event for young future leaders, bringing together delegates in their 20s to tackle the same issues and topics our world leaders address every day. Topics range from education, sustainable development, global health, social business, youth unemployment and the role of global business versus government. Businesses and organizations may send some of their outstanding young professionals to participate, or sponsor delegates from other non-profits and countries. “Delegate Champions” with a Pittsburgh presence include Alcoa, Bayer, Google, Heinz and PNC, among others.

This is an excellent opportunity for businesses to invest in their emerging leaders or other youth leaders around the world. As a participant in last year’s gathering in Zurich, I had the opportunity to hear from such high-profile counselors such as Achbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Bob Geldof, and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, and to network with peers from around the world. Organizations interested in sponsoring delegates are encouraged to apply here.

Amanda Sennert was a delegate to the 2011 One Young World summit in Zurich, Switzerland. Click here to read previous coverage of One Young World, and here to check out her photos on Imagine Pittsburgh’s Flickr stream.