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Emerging Leaders: IAAF World Championships 2021 & the Social Implications

  • Civic Winery 50 E. 11th Avenue Eugene, OR 97401 (map)

Join us to hear Niels de Vos, CEO of Oregon21 LLC, provide a social perspective on the IAAF World Championships coming to Eugene on August 6 - 15, 2021. With two years left to plan, 50,000+ visitors and 2,000+ athletes from 214 countries expected to visit, not every question has an answer yet. But Niels will provide us a 10,000 foot perspective on:
* how local communities could be impacted
* what social issues could be positively affected (legacy project)
* what negative outcomes have other locations have experienced (and how to avoid/ prepare)
* other considerations
* volunteer needs / how do we get involved?

About the speaker:
Niels de Vos was educated at Oxford University and began his career in the advertising and sponsorship industry, before moving into major events in the mid 1990s when he joined the British Government's planning team for the Millennium Celebrations.

Niels has 20 years of director level experience in the development and delivery of major international sporting events, dating back to when he joined the Organising Committee of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England.

During his ten years as Chief Exectuive of UK Athletics, Niels served as Chief Executive of the Organising Committees for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, IAAF World Indoor Championships and IAAF World Athletics Championships in London. He was also heavily involved in the 2012 London Olympics, as a Board member of the British Olympic Association.

In 2018 Niels left UK Athletics to set up a specialist consultancy, advising cities and governments on preparing to host major sporting events. Niels is engaged by Oregon 21 LLC to oversee all aspects of the planning and delivery of the 2021 World Championships in Oregon. His role is to ensure that the event is delivered to time and to budget, and that Oregon seizes the opportunity to promote itself as a top global visitor destination when the eyes of the world turn to Eugene's Hayward Field in August 2021.

What is Emerging Leaders?
Emerging Leaders is a program for young professionals 40 years of age and younger who want to develop as the next generation of community leaders and philanthropists. As a group, we participate in volunteer activities, educational forums, professional development, social events and other activities. Anyone 40 or under can attend up to two monthly programs and a coffee Meetup to see if they'd like to become a member.