Emerging Leaders Program
Emerging Leaders: Class of 2016
The nomination process for the Class of 2016 is now open
The Chicago Council, with the support of The Robert R. McCormick Foundation and the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation, seeks to identify the next class of Emerging Leaders: a diverse group of exceptional individuals who will lead the city in the 21st century, who are in tune with global trends, and who can spot and react smartly to the fast-paced events that will shape Chicago’s future. These leaders must be global citizens in every sense, with roots in Chicago’s soil, but with a gaze that spans beyond oceans and borders. The Council seeks to reflect in the selection of fellows the diversity of the Chicago community that is vital to the city’s global future.
This is a two year program. During the first year, ELs will attend an introductory full-day retreat followed by monthly half-day seminars, a variety of dinner briefings with global affairs experts, and other events that allow the fellows to interact with each other, the Council board, and Chicagoland’s global leaders. The seminars offer in-depth discussions of issues such as the global economy; a rising China; environmental challenges; and the geopolitics of U.S. foreign policy. The dinner briefings are designed around the preferences and priorities of the Class’ members so that they can gain insight into issues of direct importance to them. The Chicago Council also looks for opportunities to include ELs in ongoing Chicago Council activities and exclusive meetings, to the extent that the fellow’s interests and availability make this possible.
A short trip to Washington, DC, at the beginning of the second year will give the ELs the opportunity to interact directly with the policy makers who are guiding our country. Throughout the second year of the program, ELs work in small groups with Chicago Council staff to define, develop, and produce policy papers on pressing global challenges confronting today’s leaders. Each group will present their findings at a Chicago Council public event at the end of the two-year program.
ELs also receive complimentary membership in The Chicago Council’s President’s Circle, the Council’s leadership forum which offers top donors in-depth experiences with experts and leaders whose views help shape the world. This membership provides ELs access to Chicago’s leaders as well as exclusive programs.
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