Young Leaders Program

Become a Part of the Young Leaders Program

Whether you are just starting out or have a few years under your belt, you are positioned to lead the mining industry and SME is ready to help you get there. Professionals who are 35 years or younger, demonstrate great leaderships skills, and currently working in the mining industry are welcome to join us and connect and grow with SME.



Friday, February 26, 2021 | 2:00 pm MST | Online

Are you a leader in both your career and your community? If so then you might be SME Young Leader material! If you are interested in making a difference in the future of the mining industry, join us for our annual committee meeting and find out how you can create programs and events to help further develop your career and leadership skills.


Monday, March 1, 2021 | 5:00 pm MST | Virtual Event

Join RioTinto and the SME Young Leaders for a virtual mixology! Attendees will have an evening of fun making our signature drink, the Miners Mule. In addition to being a fun evening of networking, the focus is really on teaching users how to make good drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) at home whenever they want! All are welcome but space is limited! You must be registered for the conference to attend.

*RSVP LIMITED TO 150 and you must be registered for the conference*

*Bottles of simple syrup, and a list of other supplies you will need, are sent out in advance of the event. Please make sure to agree to sharing your contact information to 3rd party vendors on your conference registration to be eligible to receive this events gift. Instructions on how to do this are below. Some countries may have duties and policies that make it difficult to deliver liquids. If this impacts you, you will be notified at least one week in advance.


Sponsored by
Rio Tinto



Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm MST | Online

The SME Young Leaders Student Relations Subcommittee is looking for mentors and mentees to participate in a Speed Mentoring Session Wednesday, March 3rd 4-6 pm MST, during MINEXCHANGE 2021. This is a great opportunity for SME members of all backgrounds to get their feet wet as a mentor and student members to meet with industry professionals from a variety of backgrounds. The sessions may be themed based on mentor interest. Topics/Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Engineering
  • Geology
  • Environmental
  • Operations Management
  • Working Internationally
  • Safety
  • Teaching/Academia
  • Expiating to the US
  • Metallurgy
  • Young Leaders Committee

Sponsored by
Rio Tinto