Leadership Conference: An Opportunity to Engage and Learn

A unique opportunity to listen and learn was how Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Regional President & Managing Director, David Evangelista described the Leadership Conference 2018 “Inclusion in Motion”. The conference, which took place in Budva, Montenegro, gathered together over 100 participants from 38 countries to learn from each other and discuss challenges and achievements.

leadership-conferDavid Evangelista, holidng a micraphone and standing behind a podium with text on the front that reads: Inclusion in Motion. He's addresses participants at opening of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Leadership Conference 2018. A photo in the background is of a young woman splashing out of the water with a look of victory and excitement on her face.
David Evangelista, President and Managing Director of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia, addresses participants at opening of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Leadership Conference 2018 “Inclusion in Motion”.

Mr. Evangelista noted, “This is, in essence, a two-day data compilation bringing together a myriad of voices focused on the rejuvenation of our shared plan. The goals of this two-day conference are to listen and learn." He continued, “I’m here as President and Managing Director to listen to all of our programmes and to understand more about what their challenges are. For example, how are communities responding to our value proposition? How are governments engaging? How can we engage civil society more effectively and what are the barriers to gaining this support? Also, what are the athletes saying, what are their moms and dads saying, what are their friends telling us?”

Athlete leaders Micheline Van Hees, Kiera Byland and Johanna Pramstaller with Jacqui Byland at the Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Leadership Conference 2018. One athlete is standing and speaking in the crowd and listeners are applauding.
Athlete leaders Micheline Van Hees, Kiera Byland and Johanna Pramstaller with Jacqui Byland at the Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Leadership Conference 2018.

Mr. Evangelista paid tribute to Special Olympics Montenegro for organizing and hosting the event as well as the U.S. Embassy in Montenegro for its support and local partner UNICEF for presenting at the event. At the conference, Special Olympics programmes from across the region were recognized for their years of service as well as celebrating the 50th anniversary of the movement.