Amy Rosen Reveals The 'Holy Smokes' Moment That Could Help Reduce Youth Unemployment

Jan 24, 2014 | Updated Jan 24, 2014

Amy Rosen, President and CEO of Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), joined HuffPost Live on Friday and revealed what she thinks will inspire business leaders at Davos to fight youth unemployment.

Rosen cited a study presented at Davos by Dr. Klaus Schwab about youth unemployment that rallied the leaders in a way she hadn't seen before.

"I've never seen one piece of information rally business leaders like that," Rosen said. "Holy smokes, it's good for investment."

While at Davos, Rosen said she's encouraged people not to just talk the talk on youth unemployment.

"While I do think that talk is cheap, I think that there's a real commitment [to help end youth unemployment] in the heart of companies like Coke, companies like Microsoft, companies like MasterCard," Rosen said. "The sheer weight and influence they have, they can really do it."

Rosen said it's "critical" that we address global youth unemployment because the problem has major potential to grow.

"Africa in 2050 is going to be majority youth," she said. "That is just daunting."

Rosen said she wants to show young people how anyone can be an entrepreneur if they take the initiative. She cited Sean "Diddy" Combs, whom she has worked with at NFTE, as someone who has helped inspire youth by being an example of a successful entrepreneur.

"Once people know that they can own their own future -- particularly for us, because we work with kids from low-income communities... but guys like [Diddy], he's so in charge," Rosen said.

"This generation coming up, when empowered with some basic skills.. they're going to be the job creators," Rosen said.

See Rosen's interview above, and read more on Davos below:

01/25/2014 10:07 AM EST

Bill Gates Discusses The Hyper-Connectivity Concern

01/25/2014 10:06 AM EST

Polman's View On Work/Life Balance

"We are very fortunate to do what we like to do... so I get a lot of energy out of what I do," Polman said.

"I don't personally believe in work/life balance," Polman said, adding that he hopes to have a happy life balance that includes his work.

"We have to watch what we do, I like to run so I do that every day, and increasingly watch what you eat and maintain your health a little bit," Polman said.

01/25/2014 10:00 AM EST

'We Have A Moral Obligation'

"I think we have a moral obligation to use what is given to us for the benefit of all," Polman said.

"We have no rights to exclude people," Polman said.

01/25/2014 9:59 AM EST

Statue Of Responsibility

"I always say when they built the Statue of Liberty on the east coast of the United States, they forgot to build the Statue of Responsibility on the west coast," Polman said.

01/25/2014 9:56 AM EST

'We Really Need To Move Into Reaction Mode'

"I think people are starting to discover that we really need to move into reaction mode," Polman said.

Polman said the political process has become "incredibly difficult" and is riddled with "poor agreements."

"There is some progress but frankly, not fast enough, and the business community can not wait," Polman said.

"There is more of an urge from responsible business... to drive to action," Polman added.

01/25/2014 9:55 AM EST

'There Is An Enormous Demand On Food'

"Obviously as the population grows with the changing dietary habits, there is an enormous demand on food," Polman said.

Polman said he's worked to find sustainable solutions to food production.

01/25/2014 9:52 AM EST

'There's An Enormous Pressure On The CEO Of Today'

Arianna sat down with Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, on HuffPost Live at Davos on Saturday to talk about pressure in business.

"There's a lot of pressure on the short-term," Polman said.

"There's an enormous pressure on the CEO of today," Polman added.

Polman said "the real purpose of business is to serve society," not to cater to the shareholder, but often the latter is what CEOs are focused on because of pressure.

01/25/2014 9:22 AM EST

Al Gore: 'We Need To Put A Price On Denial In Politics'

01/25/2014 8:49 AM EST

Brad Smith On Unplugging

Smith said he unplugs by getting outside and learning new things by doing things like reading.

"To me, that's a real joy," Smith said.

01/25/2014 8:45 AM EST

Relationship Between Business And Government

Smith said the relationship between business and government has a few different dimensions that usually exist at the same time.

"The government defines the laws and we comply with them," Smith said. "There may be times we think the government goes too far and we challenge them... there are times when we work together. There are times when the government is our customer."

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