Emerging Leaders Program

Help prepare a diverse new generation of young people for careers in international exchange and public diplomacy.

Since 2011, the Global Ties U.S. Emerging Leaders Program has helped launch the careers of more than 150 globally-minded young professionals who represent the rich diversity in all corners of our country, including communities traditionally underrepresented in international affairs. 

The program develops leaders for local and global impact: participants engage in year-long professional development and networking as well as service projects to engage their local communities in international affairs.  

The centerpiece of their experience is a trip to Washington, DC to meet with leaders in public diplomacy and attend the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting. This year, their visit included a private tour of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Americans and the Holocaust exhibit, offering a profound reminder of the importance of citizen engagement in foreign affairs, and a mentoring session with a former U.S. ambassador. You can read more about their experiences HERE.

Alumni have pursued higher education and careers in globally-focused fields, including positions within the U.S. government, nonprofit organizations, the private sector, and even overseas. Many alumni also serve as mentors to new cohorts of Emerging Leaders. 

Global Ties U.S. strongly believes that the fields of diplomacy and international affairs must draw from all of our communities in order to reflect the United States to the world. Whether they hail from Albuquerque, Baltimore, or Des Moines, young people committed to global engagement should have a pathway to a global career.  

The Emerging Leaders Program is 100% funded by donors. Your support allows us to:

  • $5,000 | Provides travel stipends for an entire cohort to visit Washington,DC to attend the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting and participate in professional development and networking sessions
  • $2,500 | Fully funds one Emerging Leader’s year-long participation in virtual and in-person Q&A sessions with diplomats, policymakers, and business leaders
  • $1,000 | Supports a series of virtual professional development workshops including career panels and diplomacy simulations
  • $500 | Provides lodging for one Emerging Leader to attend the GlobalTies U.S. National Meeting
  • $250 | Supports a virtual networking session

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