Emerging Leaders Program


In order for the United States to be accurately reflected in international affairs and international exchange, we must draw from the talent and rich diversity in all corners of our country. To build a pipeline of globally-minded young professionals who represent the United States, the Emerging Leaders Program strives to discover and promote the next generation of diverse leaders through unique professional development and mentorship opportunities.

Global Ties U.S. works with our nationwide Network and supporters to help globally-minded young professionals jumpstart their careers in public diplomacy, international exchange, and the larger international affairs field. Participants are engaged in a year-long program, with our annual National Meeting in March and International Education Week each November, as the focal points. Throughout the year, Emerging Leaders have the opportunity to network with professionals in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors; strengthen professional skills and abilities; and build the relationships that will continue to support their professional growth. 


Progress to Date

Since 2011, the Emerging Leaders Program has expanded from a single, annual event (attendance at our National Meeting) to a year-long program comprising a series of training courses and events, as well as a mentorship program with Emerging Leader alumni. While 2020 came with many challenges, our 2020-2022 cohorts adapted with ease to a virtual format of networking events and workshops. They also completed a variety of service projects aimed at introducing their local communities to career opportunities and connections in the fields of public diplomacy and international exchange.

The 2023 cohort marked a return to in-person programming, with the Emerging Leaders coming to Washington, DC for the National Meeting. Along with attending the National Meeting, their visit included a private tour of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Americans and the Holocaust exhibit and a mentoring session with a former U.S. ambassador. You can read more about their experiences HERE.

The Emerging Leaders Program includes almost 200 alumni who have pursued careers, leadership roles, and / or higher education in globally-focused fields. These include positions across the United States, which focus on local, federal, and international government; international relations and / or exchanges; and business. Many alumni continue to work within the Global Ties Network and implement international exchange programs with our local and national program partners, and with the U.S. Department of State. They are directors and programmers within the Global Ties Network, work within all branches of the U.S. Government, and are Fulbright Scholars, Peace Corps Volunteers, and nonprofit and community leaders who are strengthening and advancing U.S. public diplomacy leadership. Alumni remain connected to the Global Ties U.S. Emerging Leaders Program, many helping to mentor and support future leaders.