Learn more about the Council's Emerging Leaders Program, selection criteria, and application and selection process ahead of the January application launch for the Emerging Leaders Class of 2021.
Every year the Chicago Council on Global Affairs selects a class of approximately 20 participants with high potential from across Chicago’s business, cultural, civic, and academic sectors and provides a robust expansive platform to deepen their fluency and exposure to global affairs and policy. Emerging Leaders will be chosen from corporate, non-profit, and government sectors and are highly accomplished in their careers and expected to rise to the top of their fields in the next five to 10 years. Between the ages of 30 to 40, they have a strong professional or personal interest in international affairs, a commitment to community engagement, and a thirst for knowledge. The Council will intentionally seek exceptional leaders who reflect the rich diversity of Chicago.