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Global Young Leaders Conference

Program Highlights

Interact with Leaders

GYLC Interact with LeadersTop business leaders, policy officials, lobbyists, journalists, diplomats and academics from diverse culture and backgrounds exchange ideas with students and help them cultivate critical leadership skills.

Past participating speakers include:

  • Dr. Gary Weaver, Professor, International Communication, School of International Service, American University
  • Mr. Craig Kielburger, Founder, Free the Children
  • Ms. Gillian Sorenson, Senior Advisor and National Advocate, United Nations Foundation
  • Ms. Janine di Giovanni, Award Winning Author and Journalist
  • Liz Bohannon, Founder and Executive Director, Sseko Designs
  • Angelica Silvero, Head, World Bank’s Speakers Bureau, World Bank
  • Khursida Begum, Human Rights Trafficking Survivor
  • Mr. Richard Brubaker, Founder and Managing Director, Collective Responsibility
  • Ulrike Lunacek, Vice President, European Parliament, MEP (Greens/EFA)
  • Muhamed Mesic, lawyer and human rights advocate


An Academic Edge

GYLC Academic EdgeAt GYLC, you’ll gain firsthand exposure to the challenges of international diplomacy, explore cultural differences, and enhance your decision-making skills—all of which will help you in your future college and career goals. You'll also have the opportunity to take part in an admissions Q&A seminar with staff of a U.S. university, and will visit a top U.S. school. Be sure to reference your GYLC experience in your college or university applications. By completing this program, you are also eligible to receive college credit through George Mason University.

Think Globally

You’ll be immersed in the culture, history, and world views of the diverse people who are key players on the global stage. You’ll take part in fascinating site visits, such as:

  • United Nations headquarters in New York City
  • U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC
  • International embassies in Washington, DC

Real-World Simulations

GYLC Real World SimulationsStep into your role as a global leader by using your communication and negotiation skills to bring your peers to a consensus on an issue of worldwide importance.

In a Global Summit Simulation, you and your fellow students will acts as diplomats representing various countries on international commissions. You'll draft policy proposals; debate current issues such as international drug trafficking, global warming, nuclear proliferation, and foreign aid; pass resolutions, and adopt plans of action.