Breakthrough Leadership Program
The Breakthrough Leadership Program is a collaboration between CSIS and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University to accelerate the advancement of mid-career professionals from historically underrepresented communities.
At a Glance
September 13 – November 1, 2023
July 7, 2023
2023 Program Schedule
Virtual Seminars (Wednesdays from 3:00-6:30 pm ET)
- September 13
- September 20
- September 27
- October 11
- October 18
Leadership Symposium (at CSIS headquarters In Washington, D.C.)
- October 2-6
- November 1
The Breakthrough Leadership Program is a collaboration between CSIS and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University designed to accelerate the advancement of mid-career professionals from historically underrepresented communities. This unique program blends leadership and communication coaching with seminars on pressing global issues to enhance the skills and insights that high-potential employees need to take on bigger roles within their organizations.
Participants will enhance their global acumen and amplify their leadership and communication over three months through both interactive virtual sessions and an intensive five-day symposium focusing on collaborative experiential learning at CSIS’s state-of-the-art headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The blended virtual and in-person program coaches rising leaders to fine tune the key skills they need to thrive in today’s global arena and challenges them to apply new principles and methods to their professional roles. Participants will complete and present a capstone Leadership Development Plan designed to accelerate their career trajectories while advancing their organization’s strategic objectives.
Four Frames of Leadership
Leading for Inclusivity
Teams and Temperament
Storytelling for Leadership Success
On-Camera Media Training
Experiential Leadership: Optimizing Communication and Developing Teams
- Global Drivers of Change
- Digital Futures
- Global Health
- Global Trade
- A Rising China
- Energy Geopolitics and Climate Change
Corporate, nonprofit, and U.S. Government sponsors are invited to nominate a diverse cohort of up to three high-potential leaders from historically underrepresented communities. Nominees should have 6+ years of experience and the caliber to serve in senior management positions. Nominees may be drawn from anywhere within their organization’s structure. Candidates may also apply directly.
How to Apply
Use the Nominate button to nominate a rising leader from your organization. Individuals who would like to apply directly may use the Apply button below. Please complete your nomination(s) or application by July 7, 2023.