Women's Global Leadership Program
The 2019 application period is now closed.
The CSIS Women's Global Leadership Program is a year-long program designed for rising women leaders who wish to deepen their understanding of critical geopolitical trends in order to thrive in a complex and competitive global environment. Women nominated by their organizations will join a select network of mid- to senior-level professionals in seminars about global topics affecting business and policymaking and participate in executive leadership and communication training.
The seminars are led by world-class scholars at CSIS as well as guest lecturers drawn from the senior ranks of the policymaking and business communities and top-flight leadership coaches. The program is built on CSIS’s well-established reputation for bipartisanship, policy relevance, and analytic rigor and on its innovative approach to executive education that encompasses both professional and personal growth. Fellows gain exposure to the D.C. policy community, as well as the necessary skills to navigate and engage the power structures of the nation’s capital. The program combines the following elements:
- Quarterly in-person sessions in Washington, D.C. Each session lasts two days and includes a mix of leadership development, communications training, and seminars on the geopolitical environment to build a foundation of participant knowledge on the global economic, technological, and security landscape. The program format incorporates seminar discussions, interactive skill-building exercises, and insiders’ perspectives on D.C. institutions, as well as dinner speeches from prominent practitioners.
- Emphasis on skill-building sessions. The program’s leadership and communication training addresses the specific challenges faced by women executives and helps build critical skills to boost Fellows’ career trajectories. Fellows gain skills through a variety of experiential learning exercises, including team-based challenges that require good communication, strategy, and collaboration. Executive communications training gives participants tools to hone their message, present ideas effectively, and efficiently guide meetings and projects to success. On-camera media training allows participants to prepare for speeches and interviews with confidence and to learn to engage effectively and persuasively with any audience.
- Monthly conference calls on timely international developments and current events. These calls are an opportunity to connect the themes of the quarterly meetings to current events shaping the international environment. To ensure the greatest relevance of these virtual meetings, CSIS selects program topics one-two weeks prior to the conference call and provides a brief reading on the breaking topic in advance.
Previous and current Women’s Global Leadership Program Fellows include senior women nominated by:
Northrop Grumman, Coca Cola, Chevron, EY, Arconic, DynCorp, Finmeccanica, Statoil Brazil, General Dynamics, Bechtel, Deloitte, SAIC, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Hogan Lovells, Schlumberger, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Inter-American Development Bank, Oxfam America, Save the Children, BASF, U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Clifford Chance Department of Defense, Department of State, National Security Agency, Saudi Aramco, BAE Systems, Credit Suisse, Huntington Ingalls Industries, International Rescue Committee, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, PepsiCo, Siemens, The Cohen Group, Leonardo DRS and National Counterterrorism Center.
CSIS launched the Women’s Global Leadership Program in 2015 under the auspices of the Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative, which convenes top-level women leaders in foreign policy, national security, international business, and international development to discuss critical and timely issues.