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By participating in the Council’s Emerging Leaders Program, you can expect to:

  • Develop a thorough, multifaceted understanding of global affairs and US foreign policy
  • Consider how global challenges impact your field and how your field impacts the world
  • Formulate and articulate clear, informed opinions on global issues
  • Hone your public speaking skills
  • Learn how to write op-eds and policy briefs
  • Deftly handle television interviews and other media engagements
  • Become part of a broad network of global leaders from a wide range of industries
  • Connect with global leaders and experts, including ambassadors, US representatives and senators, government officials, policymakers, and journalists
Class of 2025

Applications for the class of 2025 will be accepted until September 10, 2024.

Upcoming Event

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Virtual EVENT
Globally minded Chicago-area professionals, ages 35 to 45, are invited to learn more about the Emerging Leaders Program and the benefits to their professional and personal growth. Register
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Emerging Leaders class of 2024 in Washington, D.C.

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The EL class of 2024 met with former EL Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi.

Strengthen Your Leadership Skills

The Emerging Leaders Program centers community connection and experiential learning. We do this through:

We meet twice monthly, February through November (only once a month in July and in August).

Sessions include: 

  • Presentations by subject matter experts
  • Skill-building workshops
  • Group exercises
  • Conversations with consuls general and global practitioners

Our annual cohort trip to Washington, DC offers a behind-the-scenes look at US foreign affairs and policymaking.

We meet with key figures in US government and global affairs to hear about their work and, during intimate cohort outings, reflect on lessons learned.

We support our Emerging Leaders in making the program their own!

Past Emerging Leaders have:

  • Toured BP’s Chicago headquarters
  • Presented flash talks to Council staff and board members

As members of our Presidents Club, Emerging Leaders are central members of our community.

ELs join our in-person and virtual events, attend briefings with Council fellows, and engage in private roundtables with world leaders and foreign policy experts.

The Emerging Leaders enjoy an active community of exciting peers.

ELs attend intimate cocktail receptions, board-hosted dinners, and other social events.

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Selection Process Read more details on the EL selection process including how to apply, who we're looking for, and important dates.