Global Leadership Institute for Professionals

Developing the next generation of internationally-minded leaders

WHAT is the Global Leadership Institute (GLI)?

GLI is a rich and engaging, year-long leadership development program from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. Participants build global fluency skills for their careers while strengthening their leadership skills at home via a corporate social responsibility partnership with Bodine High School for International Affairs. Via training, networking, and mentorship in a global context, participants build the internationally oriented skills needed for their careers while mentoring and skill building with local high school students seeking global careers. Networking among participants and access to mentors from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia Board of Directors combines with corporate social responsibility to deliver a truly unique development experience in a global and local context.  Participants will become and help create the next generation of global leaders.

WHO are typical participants?

Candidates are typically mid-level employees and emerging leaders who have demonstrated the aptitude, talent, and desire to rise in their corporate communities and give back to their local and global communities. An interest in global fluency and understanding of how the world affects our region and vice versa is key. Candidates are personally recommended by top executives as eager learners who would like to leverage their interest in world affairs in order to achieve a better understanding of commercial, cultural, and political dynamics in the competitive global marketplace. Candidates should work/live in Philadelphia and the surrounding area, and be willing and able to make the necessary time commitments.

WHEN, WHERE & HOW does the program operate?

Over the course of a year, participants participate in approximately seven 60–90-minute workshops (held virtually until further notice). In addition, participants will be matched with a mentor from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia Board of Directors, meeting at your mutual convenience. Participants will also attend a variety of world-class speaker events on global affairs; shadow a meeting of the Board of Directors; and engage in a multitude of ways with the Council’s partner high school— the Bodine High School for International Affairs.  Engagement with the school and students to provide mentorship on career planning, professional development, college readiness, etc., and the planning and completion of a service project, are jointly developed throughout the year.  

WHY should someone participate?

For leaders to be successful, global fluency, world affairs awareness, and cross-cultural competency are critical. Over 95% of the world’s population lives, buys, and innovates outside of the U.S. Over 80% of global economic growth will occur outside of the U.S. More than 1 in 7 people in the U.S. are immigrants.  Participants will share their newfound skills by helping train the next generation of local high school students in similar areas. GLI is a personally and professionally eye-opening experience to bring leaders to the next level with an international lens.

Enrollment for the GLI Class of 2021 is now open!

New for 2021, enrollment is now open to both sponsored corporate member employees as well as qualifying members of the general public. Scholarship opportunities available!



For questions or additional information, please contact GLI program manager Kristi Scogna