IEEE*USA hosted Future Leaders Forum (FLF) 2018 at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas from July 26th to July 28th with the theme Lead, Adapt, Empower and Design. FLF was a unique gathering of over 200 established as well as future leaders. Young professionals and students from across the United States attended the forum to learn from some of the most successful pioneers in their respective fields.
The event consisted of a series of panels, discussion and workshops. Each session was followed by opportunities to network, where attendees engaged with the speakers and discourse with each other. The conversations continued on past dinner, where the attendees explored the city of Austin.
The forum was further enriched by IEEE Young Professionals, who hosted a ‘Brand Yourself’ exhibit at the event which was sponsored by DigiKey- Electronics. The exhibit featured mock interviews and opportunities to practice their elevator pitch with Young Professional regional coordinators. A professional photographer was on hand at the exhibit to take headshots of all attendees.
James Ritchie, YP Representative IEEE Systems Council, commented, “FLF allowed Young Professionals and students to not only interact and network with each other, it allowed them to meet industry leaders and entrepreneurs who are doing what we all want to do successfully. And that is what IEEE is all about: bring the community together to sow the seeds of success among its members…”
Young Professionals look forward to attending and having activities at the upcoming Future Leaders Forums.
Article by Aaron Lin, Young Professional Affinity Group Chair, East Bay Section & Kristen Mahan, Program Specialist, IEEE Young Professionals