The LEAD Colloquium
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 across the 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:
You'll meet regularly with your LEAD instructor in a group of around 16 students to have discussions about critical reflection, leadership and other topics.
Along with students who share your professional interests, you'll benefit from panel discussions, site visits and briefings that give you a uniquely D.C. experience.
The Alan K. Simpson-Norman Y. Mineta Leaders Series (SMLS)
During these events, you'll hear the perspectives and experiences of distinguished leaders from the business, nonprofit, media, government and diplomatic fields. Past topics of conversation include the role of the United States in the world, race in America and the 2016 presidential campaign.
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.
Career Boot Camp
You'll prepare for the job search by learning, observing and applying strategies that will make you stand out as a candidate.
Global Citizenship Day (fall and spring only)
Along with students from many other countries, you'll enhance several cross-cultural skills that will arm you to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world.