What we do
YGLs are the first truly global generation, who have grown up living, studying and working in different countries. In many ways, they are “triathletes,” possessing the skills and experience to be successful across private, public and civil society organizations. We believe that this unique feature is the starting place for resolving the world’s challenges. The next generation of leaders will need to facilitate change across traditional silos in order to improve the state of the world. Welcome to the future of global leadership.
We take this feature and amplify it by expanding their networks further and exposing YGLs to new ideas. This experience is a six-year process and our ultimate goal is to advance each individual in their leadership journey, so that they move from personal success to significance in terms of their contribution to global development.
We do this in formal ways, through education modules at, for example, the Harvard Kennedy School and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, with inspiring leaders who show YGLs the path they have walked.
But we also do this in more informal ways. We give YGLs the platform to translate these insights into concrete initiatives. True to this being a leadership community, there is plenty of “white space” for YGLs to kick-start and lead different initiatives and events.
But what does it mean to be a YGL? Put simply, the community gives its members a peer network that challenges them to be better leaders in both their personal and professional lives. It is a support system that questions, and constantly pushes its members to not only do more, but to be more too.
- Collaboration: to build a diverse global community of peers who engage in networks and processes that look for forward-looking and innovative solutions to the problems faced by humankind
- Learning: to transform the next generation of leaders through personal experiences that build knowledge and engender better understanding of global, regional and industry agendas
- Action: to positively impact global challenges by engaging YGLs in taskforces and workstreams related to specific challenges they have identified
“Being a CEO and a mom means being ‘on’ 100% of the time. The YGL community is a group of people with the same responsibility, notoriety and isolation. It was kind of like joining the island of misfit toys…and it was awesome.”
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Old Person
Class of 2007