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Build Your Leadership Potential

The Washington Center produces not only future leaders in their career fields but also well-informed citizens who are engaged with their communities and world. By taking part in the LEAD Colloquium (which was previously known as the Leadership Forum) every Friday, you get to hear from and engage with professionals in a variety of settings. You also get involved in the D.C. community and make a real difference. LEAD stands for Leadership, Engagement, Achievement and Development. Depending on the week, your syllabus will include:


LEAD Colloquium Groups

You'll meet regularly with your academic program advisor in a group of around 16 students to have discussions about critical reflection, leadership, and more.

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LEAD Professional Tracks

Throughout your experience, you'll benefit from activities (such as panel discussions, site visits and briefings) especially designed for students with your professional interests.

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The Alan K. Simpson-Norman Y. Mineta Leaders Series (SMLS)

During selected sessions, you'll hear the perspectives and experiences of distinguished leaders from the business, nonprofit, media, government and diplomatic fields.

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Civic Engagement

You'll learn about the skills needed to make a positive difference in the community through workshops, provide direct service in a field of your choice, and participate in a policy dialogue.

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Career Boot Camp

You'll spend a day preparing for the job search and interview process.

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Global Citizenship Day (fall and spring only)

This event, sponsored by Prudential, helps you enhance several cross-cultural skills required to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world.

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Experience a Day in the Life of an Intern at The Washington Center

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