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On July 1, Poland will assume the six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union.  

This is a VERY big deal for Poland which has come a long way since the gloomy days of life behind the iron curtain. It’s also a great testament to the ambitious nature of the Polish people.

To commemorate the occasion the country commissioned celebrated filmmaker Tomasz Bagiński and the Platige Image company to create a short animated film titled Europe in Dance.

The film which took nine months to complete is based on a waltz metaphor and the transformations to which Poland is inviting Europe. You can view the film here.

But perhaps a more vivid showcase of Poland’s aspirations exist in a video which was shot last week.

On June 21st, the residents of Poznan, released 8,000 Chinese lanterns into the sky to mark Midsummer Night. The event was accompanied by the soundtrack Chariots of Fire by Vangelis. The effort set a national record and organizers are already planning to beat the World Guinness Record next year.

Poland’s future seems to be a bright one. And a sky filled with flickering lanterns seems like the perfect metaphor.

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Ontario Minister of Revenue Sophia Aggelonitis and Ontario PC Finance Critic Norm Miller with members of YouNxt and the Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce.

Recently YouNxt along with the Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Garden Reception in the beautiful garden of the Polish Consulate in Toronto. The location overlooks the city skyline from across Lake Ontario and is really one of the most magnificent Consular spots in the country. If you’ve never visited the Consulate, we highly recommend it.

Toronto skyline as seen from the garden of the Polish Consulate

With Chopin’s music providing the soundtrack nearly one hundred business leaders, entrepreneurs and young professionals mixed and mingled to make some fruitful connections.

We were also very fortunate to be joined by some very distinguished guests and speakers including Ontario Minister of Revenue, the Honourable Sophia Aggelonitis, Ontario PC Finance Critic Norm Miller, Senior Trade Commissioner of the Republic of Poland Wlodzimierz Leszczynski, the President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Toronto Christian Frayssignes and “Canada’s Sales Coach” Tom Stoyan.

On hand was also Vice-Consul Wojciech Dziegiel to pass along greetings from our host the Consul General Marek Ciesielczuk.

Minister Sophia Aggelonitis

Ontario PC Finance Critic Norm Miller

Vice-Consul Wojciech Dziegiel

"Canada's Sales Coach" Tom Stoyan

Director of YouNxt Filip Terlecki

The aim of the Garden Reception is to provide business leaders and young professionals with the opportunity to meet and hear from Government Officials and to network with leaders and entrepreneurs from various industries. The event always attracts a diverse professional crowd including those breaking ground in social media, business and arts & culture.

Many thanks to Peter Calak from the Gravity Bureau for snapping the great photos. And, most importantly, thanks to you for delighting us with your presence.

The Gravity Bureau Inc. crew

Greetings from Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty

Greeting from Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak

If you didn’t have an opportunity to attend but would like to next year, please drop us an email at younxt@gmail.com in order to find out how you can be part of the event.

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The official greeting ceremony of the President of the U.S. at Poland's Presidential Palace.

As noted recently in the New York Times, the United States might not have the same pizazz in the eyes of young Poles as compared to that of their parents, but when the “Leader of the Free World” pays you a visit you roll out the red carpet.

Over the weekend, President Barack Obama made a 24-hour visit to Poland as part of the final phase of his European tour.

He visited four countries over six days with his flying fortress, Air Force One, touching down in Warsaw on Friday evening.

He met with Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk. He discussed security and energy issues, met with leaders of Polish democracy, and, along with Poland’s President, co-hosted a dinner for leaders of Central and European states.

Obama called Poland a model for the world and praised the country for it’s peaceful and succesful transition to democracy after the fall of Communism in 1989.

He also confessed to a personal Polish link.

“If you come from Chicago and you haven’t become a little bit Polish, something’s wrong with you,” he joked.

President Obama greets young leaders at The Presidential Palace

President Barack Obama pays his respects while visiting the memorial to the victims of the Smolensk plane crash at Field Cathedral of the Polish Military in Warsaw, Poland, May 28, 2011

President Obama is greeted by Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski at the Presidential Palace.

President Barack Obama and President Bronislaw Komorowski review troops during the arrival ceremony in the courtyard of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw.

Pres. Obama meets with Polish politicians, activists & Solidarity leaders to learn about Poland's experiences in a peaceful democratic transition.

Presidents Obama & Komorowski co-hosted a dinner for leaders of Central & Eastern European States.


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By Anna Piszczkiewicz

Justyna Baraniecki is the owner of the online clothing store chicshop.ca and the style blogger at chichichic!, the shop’s blog. Justyna is also a young professional who has been featured on this blog and has even written a post or two. She is also incredibly charming.

I interviewed Justyna this winter via Skype. Since then, I visit her blog for daily fashion inspiration and to secretly feed my desire for a personal shopping outing with the gifted stylist.

As you will see from the segment below, Justyna’s a style trooper. She decked herself out in fancy and lightweight pieces in the dead of winter. In Ottawa. Talk about chutzpah!

But that was then. Justyna just released her latest lookbook, Carnivale (violet wig and ridiculously awesome platforms included), which makes me feel like summer isn’t that far away. Finally!

I invite you to take a tour of Justyna’s closet…

Na Luzie airs Saturdays on OMNI1 at 7pm and repeats Fridays at 2pm.

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On Friday, April 29th you are invited to attend a very special event…

It’s not the Royal wedding but something equally as exciting…

YouNxt and the Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their 2nd social event at Fregata Nightclub in Mississauga – Forever Fridays at Fregata (these will continue monthly on every last Friday of the month).

In recent months we’ve received several requests asking us to host more social events so as to give people the opportunity to not only meet other young, ambitious professionals but at the same time, have a good time.

So, join us at Fregata for some drinks, good food and lively conversation and help us raise a toast to the happy newlywed couple (you know who you are).

Arrive for 7pm so as not to pay a cover and receive one drink ticket as well as hors d’œuvres.

When: Friday, April 29th at 7pm

Where: Fregata Nightclub in Mississauga, 1900 Dundas St. East

Dress Code: Casual Chic

Price: FREE (if arrive by 7pm)

Visit our Facebook page for additional information.

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Just a reminder that the deadline for entry to our Art of Marketing ticket contest is tomorrow at midnight.

This is your chance to hear from some of the best marketing visionaries around and to learn how to turn your professional and personal goals to reality.

To enter the contest CLICK HERE. 

In the meantime check out these videos from some of the great speakers appearing next week:

Sheena S. Iyengar

Sheena S. Iyengar is the inaugural S.T. Lee Professor of Business in the Management Division of the Columbia Business School. She has taught on a wide variety of topics at Columbia for MBA and Executive MBA students, including leadership, decision making, creativity, and globalization. Dr. Iyengar was also recently selected by Columbia University’s President’s Office to teach at the Global Leadership Fellows Program at the World Economics Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. She is considered one of the world’s experts on choice.

Gary Vaynerchuk

Online marketing trailblazer Gary Vaynerchuk is a 33-year-old entrepreneur whose dual identity as business guru and wine guy has made him known as the “Social Media Sommelier.” A self-trained wine expert, he revolutionized the wine industry with his video blog, Wine Library TV (affectionately known as The Thunder Show), and grew his family wine business from $4 million to $60 million in five years. What raised Vaynerchuk’s notoriety even more than his business acumen was his foresight combined with his pioneering, multi-faceted approach to personal branding and business. He has made television appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Ellen DeGeneres, NBC’s Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today.

Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki is the co-founder of Alltop.com, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web, and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures. He is also a columnist for the Open Forum of American Express. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple. Guy Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College

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Marketing is a key ingredient to achieving professional success. With the advent of social media, marketing has entered a new age. If you’re looking to gain an advantage with your business or professional career, you need advice from the very best.

How then would you like to learn from some of the most innovative and successful marketing minds?

Visionaries such as…

Guy Kawasaki – former chief evangelist of Apple, co-founder of Alltop.com, founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures plus author of ten books and one of the most followed entrepreneurs on twitter.

Gary Vaynerchuk – Social Media & Word of Mouth Marketing wizard and New York Times Bestselling Author plus youngest recipient ever of the Market Watch magazine Business Award.

Dr. Sheena Iyengar – Columbia University Business Professor, educator of Executives at the World Economics Forum in Geneva. Finalist of the Financial Times Business Book of the Year 2010 and one of the world’s experts on choice.

Plus more…

Here is your chance:

YouNxt and The Art of Marketing are offering you the chance to WIN a ticket to Canada’s Marketing and Innovation Conference valued at $400!

Join North America’s leading marketing visionaries and bestselling authors as they share their ground-breaking concepts that have transformed marketing strategies and advertising practices around the world.

When: Monday, March 7, 2011, 9:00AM – 4:30PM

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, (North Building – John Bassett Theatre)
Toronto, Ontario 

Speakers:

GUY KAWASAKI on Creativity & Innovation

JEFFREY HAYZLETT on Brand Strategy & Growth

GARY VAYNERCHUCK on Social Media & Word of Mouth Marketing

DR. SHEENA IYENGAR on Consumer Behaviour & the Psychology of Choice

AVINASH KAUSHIK on Brand Measurement: Metrics & Analytics

To enter the draw for a chance to win a ticket you must answer the following question by visiting The Art of Marketing website  

What is the title of GARY VAYNERCHUCK’s book?

Please email your answers to: younxt@gmail.com

Deadline for entry is midnight on March 2, 2011. Winners will be selected at random and announced on March 3rd.

Good luck!

And check out highlights from some of the previous conferences:

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