Being a member of SME Young Leaders, I have gained valuable experience in teamwork and skills important for my career development as well as opening the door to the largest network of mining community. I have been very fortunate to be part of this Committee especially due to nature of my work which requires consistent travel to various mine sites and meeting different clients. I have recommended and will always recommend involvement in SME Young Leaders Committee to young engineer and professionals in mining industry.

Samuel Lolon

Deswik USA Inc.

Simply put, the goal of Young Leaders is to engage professionals in the mining industry as we transition from students into professionals. This committee respects the rising professional stage and works to show us the value of SME through working on an active committee. Young Leaders has allowed me to get to know my peers across the world and work with them to support the fact based mining approach that SME is built on. In addition, I have had many opportunities to work with professional development mentors who have provided me with guidance.

Melissa Martinie

Krech Ojard and Associates

Being a member of the SME YLC has given me experience working in multicultural groups, thus broadening my international network to levels not ever imagined! Now I have instant connection to mining professors, and today's mineral industry leaders. This is really helpful when advice or recommendations are needed.

Luis F. Velasquez

Ferreyros S.A.

The Young Leaders Committee (YLC) is a great resource for networking with peers. YLC help me personally and professionally to be more engaged in SME and give me an opportunity to meet people in the industry. By participating in this program, I found that YLC not only increased my professional relationships, but also helped me to become a more effective leader.

Matthew Gray


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