Mark Laitflang Stone is an award winning youth entrepreneur committed to Social Enterprise and is the Founding Chief Executive & Managing Director of Group Avenues – a brand synonymous with youth empowerment and human resource development in North East India. Headquartered in Shillong, Meghalaya, Avenues is recognized as the region’s Leading Grooming and Communication Skills Training initiative. His ‘built from scratch’ story is as unconventional as they come! He is an active member of civil society and the founder of the Avenues Youth Icon Awards – an annual exercise instituted to recognize and celebrate the work and achievements of role models and unsung heroes in the fields of work that impact Youth and future of Meghalaya and the North East. A recipient of Rotary Club’s Vocational Excellence Award for Human Resource Development and a noted Motivational Speaker, Mark’s sessions across the region have engaged and inspired thousands of young adults over a decade. His group’s Community Uplift Initiatives and Capacity Building Programmes have graduated over 10,000 participants in Avenues’ mission to engage and empower the next generation. Avenues Hospitality Services – the hospitality and events training vertical of the group, has ensured that Youth have access to cutting edge Service Skills Training, preparing them for successful careers in India’s booming Hospitality Sector. In partnering with Colleges, Campuses, Self Help Groups and Government to empower individuals with suitable Life Skills, Avenues has taken the lead in addressing Skill Gaps, furthering employ-ability in the North East. His business group also has interests in Telecom, Infrastructure and Advertising apart from a Philanthropic arm devoted to Education & Community uplift for the less fortunate.

In his talk on Unconventional Inspiration, Mark highlights the forces that break, bind and build the North East and the desperate need for Inspired Youth capable of leading change in the region. The passionate end to this particularly riveting speech promises to surprise, inspire and pull at your heart strings