Emerging Leaders Program
The Chicago Council's Emerging Leaders Program, established in 2008, identifies young leaders making decisions that will equip Chicago to compete and thrive in the global era. Each year a selection committee identifies a new class of about twenty to twenty-two leaders to participate in the two-year program.
During the first year, the Emerging Leaders meet as a group in a series of seminars to examine timely issues such as the global economy, foreign policy, the environment and climate change, education, energy, and migration. In the second year, they work with Chicago Council staff to define, develop, and produce a report on a pressing global challenge that affects Chicago and the Midwest. The two-year term concludes with representatives of the class presenting their recommendations at a Chicago Council public program.
Support for the Emerging Leaders Program is generously provided by Chicago Council Vice Chairs John F. Manley and Shirley Welsh Ryan and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
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