Global Leadership Conference 2017: One JA

Where can you hear from inspiring JA alumni and global thought leaders, share ideas and best practices from your JA location, tackle your biggest challenges in collaborative and creative small groups, and connect with JA colleagues around the world? At the 2017 Global Leadership Conference (GLC) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

On the registration site, you’ll be asked to choose the breakout sessions you wish to attend—see full descriptions here.

  • Complete your registration by May 19 to take advantage of the early registration fee of $550USD per person. If you require a Visa Letter of Invitation, contact Erin Martin and also provide all the pertinent information on the registration site.
  • If you have a billing question, please complete and save your registration on the site, and then email Erin Martin and Arlene Wanninger with your questions.
  • Make online hotel room reservations at the Hyatt Regency Hotel or call +1 404 577-1234 and mention the “JA Worldwide Global Conference.” Our negotiated room rate is $159USD per night, plus taxes, for a single or double room. Our JA rate extends two days prior to the conference and two days after it, based on room availability at the hotel.

We’re excited to work with Junior Achievement USA and JA Georgia to bring you this global conference, which provides us all with a unique opportunity for collaboration across the global network, including U.S. area offices. We can't wait to see our entire JA network together in 2017. 

JA Worldwide Awards at GLC 2017

JA Lifetime Achievement Award (individual award), in recognition of a JA network professional who has contributed significantly to the growth and impact of JA programs in his or her country. Requires at least 8 years’ experience with JA, in a Member country’s chief executive position, and student growth (in either student experience numbers or contact hours) in each of the past 5 years. Member country must be in a good financial position with a positive net asset position and a Member in Good Standing throughout the past year.

  • Qualification process: Beginning March 1, 2017, JA Worldwide will assess and isolate qualified JA individuals who meet and exceed the award criteria listed above.  Beginning April 1, 2017, Erin Sawyer will reach out to qualified individuals.
  • Required documentation, once selected as a qualified candidate:
    • Endorsement letter by two board members within the JA network
    • Résumé
    • Executive summary of professional JA accomplishments
    • Most recent financial audit of the JA organization
  • Judging committee: JA Worldwide (JAWW), Senior Leadership Team (SLT), Member Council (MC), Board of Governors (BG)/Global Council (GC), past winner (if appropriate), for a total of 5 to 9 people.
  • Selection criteria: JA Worldwide will pre-qualify candidates based on the above criteria. JA USA Area presidents are not eligible for this award.

Soraya Salti Award (individual award), in recognition of JA leaders who are committed visionaries who push the boundaries to move JA forward in a positive way, particularly to bring systematic change to a country or a region. We are looking for staff who are innovative and are enabled to engage a wide variety of stakeholders in order to advance social and/or economic progress in the areas where they live and work. This person will exemplify the JA values of the boundless potential of young people, excellence, integrity, and respect in tangible ways.

  • Process: JA Worldwide will accept nominations for the Soraya Salti Award from April 1, 2017, through May 1, 2017. Please submit nominations to Erin Sawyer. Once nominations are submitted, the required full documentation for each candidate must be submitted by May 24, 2017, to Erin Sawyer.
  • Required documentation to be a candidate:
    • Must be with JA for 5+ years
    • Endorsement letter from another staff member
    • Endorsement letter from a board member within the JA network
    • Executive summary of JA and other professional accomplishments including inspirational activities, i.e., speaking at conferences, authoring articles, selected as a Young Global Leader, etc.
    • Received external recognition of accomplishment over the past 5+ years with the organization.
  • Judging committee: JAWW, SLT, MC, BOG/GC, for a total of 5 to 9 people.
  • Selection criteria: Open to senior (CEO, COO, VP, Director, etc.) JA staff; may self-nominate or be nominated. JA USA Area presidents are not eligible for this award.

JA Collaboration Awards (Member/Area/Region award), in recognition of Member countries, U.S. Areas, and Regional Operating Centers that participate in a collaborative project between and among Members/Areas/Regions and encourage worldwide cooperation through projects that promote fundraising initiatives, operational efficiency, and program reach. The project must demonstrate that it promotes the mission of JA Worldwide, as well as positive and tangible outcomes in the areas of resource generation, operational efficiency, or program growth. The Member country/U.S. Area/ROC must be in good financial position with a positive net asset position and a Member in Good Standing throughout the year.

  • Process: JA Worldwide will accept nominations for the JA Collaboration Awards from April 1, 2017, through May 1, 2017. Please submit nominations to Erin Sawyer. Once nominations are submitted, the required full documentation for each candidate must be submitted by May 24, 2017, to Erin Sawyer.
  • Required documentation for the collaborative project:
    • Executive summary describing the collaborative project and the strategies used to create a structure for success.
    • Evidence of satisfactory outcomes of the collaborative project for the Members/U.S. Areas/ROCs involved.
  • Judging committee: JAWW, SLT, MC, BOG/GC.
  • Selection criteria: open to all JA Member countries/U.S. Areas/ROCs; may self-nominate or be nominated.

JA Alumni Engagement Award (Member/Area/Region award), in recognition of Member countries, U.S. Areas, and Regional Operating Centers that have developed robust alumni strategies, including tracking, communication, and engagement projects for JA alumni. The alumni strategy enhances the Member/U.S. Area/ROC’s ability to promote fundraising initiatives, volunteering, and/or operational efficiency. Member must be in Good Standing throughout the past year.

  • Process: JA Worldwide will accept nominations for the JA Alumni Engagement Awards from April 1, 2017, through May 1, 2017. Please submit nominations to Erin Sawyer. Once nominations are submitted, the required full documentation for each candidate must be submitted by May 24, 2017, to Erin Sawyer.
  • Required documentation to be a candidate:
    • Executive summary describing the alumni strategy and tactics used to create a structure for success.
    • Evidence of satisfactory outcomes for the Members/Areas/Regions and alumni involved.
  • Judging committee: JAWW, SLT, MC, BOG/GC, Alumni
  • Selection criteria: open to all JA Member countries/U.S. Areas/ROCs; may self-nominate or be nominated.