Breakthrough Leadership Program

The Breakthrough Leadership Program is a joint 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

Course Date

September 13 – November 1, 2023

Location

CSIS Headquarters or Virtual

Tuition

$10,000

Registration Deadline

To be Announced

2023 Program Schedule

Seminars on Leadership & Global Issues
(Virtual: Wednesdays from 4:00-7:30 pm ET)

  • September 13
  • September 20
  • September 27
  • October 11
  • October 18

Leadership Symposium
(In Washington, D.C.)

  • October 2-6

Capstone Presentations

  • November 1

Overview

The Breakthrough Leadership Program is a joint 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. 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 a series of interactive sessions held virtually, coming together for an intensive four-day symposium focusing on collaborative experiential learning at CSIS’s state-of-the-art headquarters in Washington, D.C.

2023 Curriculum

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.

Leadership

  • Situational Leadership

  • Leading for Inclusivity

  • Relational Leadership

  • Strategic Leadership

  • Organizational Culture

  • Navigating Organizations

  • Design Thinking

Communications

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Conflict Management

  • Storytelling for Leadership Success

  • Negotiation

  • On-Camera Media Training

  • Experiential Leadership: Optimizing Communication and Developing Teams

Global Insights

  • Global Drivers of Change
  • Digital Futures
  • Global Health
  • Global Trade
  • China
  • Energy Geopolitics and Climate Change

    Eligibility

    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

    To nominate a team member or apply directly, please follow the instructions in the respective links below once registration opens:

    Contact

    For more information, please contact Eric Palomaa, Director of Partnerships, at EPalomaa@csis.org.

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    5Petzen
    Director of Learning Experiences, Executive Education and Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy
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    Hadeil Ali
    Director, Diversity and Leadership in International Affairs Project