Young Professional Leaders program 2021

Do you have what it takes to be a leader in an increasingly globalized world? How do topics such as global competency, intercultural understanding, diversity, and global awareness impact what we do daily in a multinational work environment?

Where: Virtually, Zoom
When: Sessions will be held weekly, the first session is on October 12, 2021 from 18.00-20.00.
Group size: Max 20 participants, min 10
Registration: starts in August 2021

Program Description
LEADS (Leadership, Exchange and Diplomacy Scholars) for Young Professional Leaders seeks to answer the above questions through a 6-weeks online course designed for young professionals aged 20-35 to explore their own leadership style and how they can become more globally-minded leaders through three program pillars: leadership development, global competency, and international exchange.

Program topics
The program will span six sessions in October and November 2021, with both synchronous and asynchronous components covering the following topics:

  • Introduction & Who Am I as a Leader?
    A speaker from Weatherhead School of Management. Weatherhead is a world-renowned business school that specializes in innovative management, particularly change management: in fact, it is where the model of appreciative inquiry was developed.
  • Cleveland & The Global Economy
  • How Culture Affects Worldview I
    Nicole Barile, expert in intercultural communication & global talent development.
  • How Culture Affects Worldview II
    Nicole Barile, expert in intercultural communication & global talent development.
  • Building Consensus v. Win-Win Negotiation in a Multinational Environment
    Nicole Barile, expert in intercultural communication & global talent development.
  • Conclusion & Assessment

More detailed program and a list of speakers COMING UP.

Time Commitment
– 6 x 2 hour weekly sessions, the first session is on October 12 @ 18.00-20.00
– pre- and post-work assignments, roughly 30 min / assigment

Certificate will be provided to each participant upon completion of the course.


Participants for this program should meet the following criteria:

  • Young adults ages 20-35
  • Young professionals in any field who are in a professional leadership role or seek to hold a leadership position in the future
  • No prior experience with global affairs or international travel necessary

SAM members 490 € / non-members 540 €


About the Partnership
“LEADS” is an international exchange project coordinated in partnership with the Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) in Cleveland, Ohio, Unites States and Suomi-Amerikka Yhdistysten Liitto (SAM) in Finland. CCWA is a registered 501 ©(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire engagement in international affairs and world cultures. The organization has been recognized as a national leader in coordinating U.S. Department of State-sponsored exchange and has half a century of organizational experience in exchange programming.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please email Lena Grenat and you will be first to receive information about the program as it comes available.