DUE to the generosity of the Upper Highway community, Elma Akob, the 2015 deputy head girl of Hillcrest High School, was able to attend the Global Young Leaders Conference in New York recently. Elma said the selection process for the position was long and intricate as with it came a lot of responsibility. “First we were nominated in groups of 23, which enabled seven to be nominated for the leadership team. Then we were interviewed individually, followed by group assimilation and further assessment, an essay and finally we were given A3 paper to do whatever we wanted to with it. After this we received envelopes with the decision from the organiser of GYLC.“As the first black female chair, I was, and still am, honoured. What made this moment even more memorable was when I received a standing ovation after my speech from the 166 delegates in the UN building, a moment I will treasure for the rest of my life.” Next on the cards for Elma is to be “president of the AU” and own her own brand, enterprise and company employing women with the aim of helping them, and in the process, children."W4W - women for women,” she said.