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Recognized for Climate Change Leadership, VSB Alumna to Represent U.S. at One Young World Summit

Recent Villanova University graduate Meadow Hackett ’15 VSB will represent the United States of America at the 2015 One Young World Summit (OYW)

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Recent Villanova University graduate Meadow Hackett ’15 VSB will represent the United States of America at the 2015 One Young World Summit (OYW) in recognition of her leadership and concern about global issues such as climate change. She was also acknowledged for her ability to generate and articulate impactful ideas, teamwork and commitment to volunteering.

Hackett, along with 1,250 other young delegates from more than 190 nations, will travel to Bangkok, Thailand for the 2015 OYW from November 18 - 21, 2015. The event gathers together the brightest young people from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change, and gives young people the kind of media platform and forum ordinarily afforded only to the leaders of nations and corporations.

During the summit, Hackett and the other delegates will hear from a wide range of high-profile experts who have accomplished much in their fields. Previous speakers include Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan, Sir Richard Branson, Mary Robinson, Muhammad Yunus, Jamie Oliver, and former President Bill Clinton.

Hackett will debate, formulate and share innovative solutions for the world’s pressing issues. Following the summit the delegates become One Young World Ambassadors and are charged to work on their own initiatives or those already in existence. Ambassadors have gone on to have an impact on issues ranging from education, global business, health, human rights, sustainable development and transparency.

A recent graduate from the Villanova School of Business (VSB), Hackett majored in accounting and finance. During her tenure at Villanova, she worked extensively with the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit (AYCS), a regional climate conference where more than 30 schools and universities from northern New York gather to create climate action plans to make their institutions more sustainable.

Originally from Lake Placid, N.Y., Hackett will be moving to Philadelphia this fall to begin her career in Deloitte’s audit practice. “I hope to work in sustainability and climate change services,” said Hackett regarding her future. “This is a growing field in the financial services industry and I hope to aid companies comply with regulations, create strategic plans for resilience, and increase transparency.”

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