Delegates from 40 nations attend leadership program

December 02, 1992|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

A new generation of leaders from Europe and North America is discussing how to improve the world -- and comparing tales from Lexington Market -- as part of a weeklong conference in Baltimore sponsored by the American Center for International Leadership.

Roughly 400 delegates from 40 countries -- including such newly formed nations as Bosnia and Croatia -- are attending the Europe-America Emerging Leaders Conference. They are devoting six hours a day to finding solutions to global problems in international trade and economics, the environment, politics, health and human services, and science and technology.

"This is a small but important step toward reassessing the European-American relationship and toward finding new ways to cooperate and to make this world work," said Stephen Hayes, president of ACIL, which is located in the World Trade Center.

Although the conference is based at the Inner Harbor Marriott, seminars are being held at such places as the Maryland Science Center and the law firm of Weinberg and Green. Roughly 150 organizations and businesses in Baltimore and Washington have volunteered services to the conference, some in the form of site visits. Delegates to one of the environmental commissions, for instance, will sail on a skipjack to observe how land use effects the Chesapeake Bay.

Each of the 17 commissions will consider the special role and prob

lems of women in their particular topic area. In the final session Saturday, the commissions will report their conclusions.

The ACIL program is designed for emerging leaders aged 25 to 45. Some past participants in ACIL conferences have included Margaret Tutwiler, state department spokeswoman; Bruce Lindsay, campaign director for president-elect Bill Clinton; key advisers to Russian president Boris Yeltsin and Russian foreign minister Andrei Kozyrev. Governor Clinton was the host of an ACIL Soviet delegation in Little Rock in 1986.

"We've had people come through the program and become gems in their fields," Mr. Hayes says. "We invite people who are showing strong leadership in business, health, politics, science, religion and social services. Basically a community works only if you have all the elements working, and we try to pull it together by linking all these diverse interests."

Before founding ACIL in 1985, Mr. Hayes worked in the World Alliance of YMCAs in Geneva and the American Field Service. The center began in Columbus, Ind., with a grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and moved to Baltimore in 1990 to reduce its domestic travel costs and increase its contact with funding sources.

This conference is supported by the Agency for International Development, the Abell Foundation, the France and Merrick Foundations, Phillip Morris, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and other local businesses.

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