What is an Emerging Leader?

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 engage in global skills trainings and are exposed to global leaders and policymaking through targeted site visits and special events. These unique opportunities allow them to become part of Chicago’s global network and bring connections back to their organizations.
The Council intentionally seeks exceptional leaders who reflect Chicago's diversity. Ideal candidates are accomplished in their careers, expected to rise to the top of their fields in the next five to ten years and have strong professional or personal interests in global affairs and community engagement.
Emerging Leaders will come to understand issues driving US engagement abroad and the leadership principles driving this engagement through a series of key meetings in Washington, DC, during a trip led by Ambassador Ivo Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Applications for the Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2021 are open January 10 to March 2, 2020. Have questions about this diverse and dynamic community of doers and thinkers?
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Meet the 2020 Class of Emerging Leaders!
Read about each leader's career accomplishments and interests.
2020 Emerging Leaders Class
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