Former U.N. Ambassador is Keynote Speaker at Colorado State’s 2007 Diversity in the 21st Century Conference Sept. 25

Andrew Young, former U.N. Ambassador, U.S. Congressman and mayor of Atlanta, will be the keynote speaker at Colorado State University’s 2007 Diversity Conference on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Young is co-founding principal and chairman of GoodWorks International, where he focuses on bringing together corporate executives with leaders in emerging markets and facilitates the formation of successful business partnerships. Young’s work has allowed him to carry out his life-long mission of advancing economic development in Africa and the Caribbean.

In his keynote address, Young will discuss business domestically and on a global scale, with particular emphasis on opportunities in previously overlooked markets. He will highlight how business can positively affect change in U.S. cities and throughout the world.

Young’s message focuses on pushing toward peace and justice throughout the world as well as the important roles that business and government play in improving and securing the quality of life for citizens around the globe.

Young began his first of three terms as a U.S. Congressman in 1972. In 1977, under the appointment of President Carter, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

From 1982 to 1989, Young served as the mayor of Atlanta, fostering a time of great prosperity and growth for the city. He played an instrumental role in bringing the 1996 Summer Olympic Games to Atlanta.

Young also served as a member of the board of directors for numerous businesses and organizations, including Atlanta Market Center, Diversa Pack, Barrick Gold, The United Nations Foundations, the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation, South African Development Education Fund and the Atlanta Falcons. He serves on the advisory boards of Delta Airlines and the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

Young has published two books, "A Way Out of No Way" and "An Easy Burden." A book signing will follow Young’s address at the Duhesa Lounge in the Lory Student Center.

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