Rising Leaders 2020-21 Edition Commencement

AmCham and the US Embassy recently welcomed 17 new and 10 continuing Rising Leaders to our ongoing program, officially commencing the 2020-21 season. The meeting was hosted at Hard Rock Cafe, in strict accordance with the latest COVID-19 regulations.

Rising Leaders come from a wide range of personal, professional, and academic backgrounds. Sixteen countries are represented amongst the participants – a group that includes student leaders, diplomatic staff, young professionals, and entrepreneurs.

The Charity Adventurer

Josh Stinton, known to many as “the Charity Adventurer” and holder of three athletic world records, began last week’s commencement meeting with an inspiring presentation on how he has taken on some of the world’s hardest challenges to raise awareness and resources for children’s charities around the world.

In particular, Stinton focused on the importance of finding one’s purpose or personal why. For Stinton, helping children has enabled him to both set world records and put failure and obstacles in perspective. He challenged Rising Leaders to ask themselves, “if your life story was a book, is it a book that you would want to read? You are the only one who can decide your own narrative.”

Josh encouraged participants to be resilient, follow through with bold plans, develop personally as well as professionally, offer creative solutions and to build a strong support network of people who can help them on their journey. “Simply put, you won’t do it alone. You have to get creative and build an all-star team.”

Norwegian stakeholders that we are a credible partner that shares key goals critical to the development of society,” he concluded.

Josh on the custom rig that he used to bike across the ocean, setting a world record in the process.

An Impressive Class!

The 2020-21 Rising Leader class — consisting of 17 women and 10 men between the ages of 23 and 35 — bring with them experience from healthcare, classical music, urban planning, organizational psychology, immigration, engineering, communications, technology, teaching, economics, finance, and marketing.

Over 20 organizations and AmCham member companies are represented within the class, including American College of Norway, BI, Cisco, Equinor, Hydro, PwC, US Embassy and Yara.

The 27 program participants have demonstrated leadership, entrepreneurial, and/or business excellence in their educational pursuits and careers thus far. Throughout the program, participants will engage business leaders, learn about AmCham member companies, and gain business and leadership skills.

For more information about the program, or to learn how your organization can get involved, please contact madeleine.brekke@amcham.no.