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McCain Institute Announces Launch of the McCain Global Leaders Program

WASHINGTON, DC (October 12, 2021) The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University (ASU) is proud to announce the launch of the McCain Global Leaders Program.

The McCain Institute launches this new program in response to a rising set of complex challenges that face the global community and a growing leadership void around the world. Structured as a 10-month fellowship and learning experience, each cohort will include a global selection of 25 diverse leaders who are working “in the arena” to advance democracy, human rights and freedom. The program is designed to advance each participant’s personal and professional leadership journey and impact by providing training, resources and access to highly relevant regional and global networks with goal of preparing today’s leaders to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Mid-career professionals from all countries are welcome to apply to the McCain Global Leaders Program. In the spirit of continuing the legacy of Senator McCain’s character-driven leadership, the program looks for individuals with a clear commitment to and a track record of serving a greater cause.

“This exciting new program will build upon the McCain Institute’s commitment to and success in advancing the next generation of character-driven leaders,” said McCain Institute Board of Trustees Chair Cindy McCain. “My husband was passionate about promoting the cause of selfless global leadership, and he would be very proud of how the McCain Global Leaders Program has been designed.”

Each year, the McCain Institute will pick a thematic focus area for each region in the world and recruit participants who work on relevant issues related to each theme. Throughout the program, the leaders will participate in programming that is both regional and global with the goal of connecting them to a highly relevant and targeted professional peer group in their home region, as well as a broader and diverse network of global peers.

Components will include a McCain Institute-designed leadership curriculum, along with multiple in-person events in the United States and in partnering countries.

“The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University continues to be a standard bearer for the promotion of character-driven leadership worldwide,” said ASU President Dr. Michael M. Crow. “At ASU, we are committed to helping the McCain Global Leaders Program foster a diverse network of current and future global innovators.”

The McCain Institute is also proud to announce the formation of the McCain Global Leaders Advisory Council, featuring an impressive roster of established character-driven leaders from a variety of fields in the public and private sectors. They include CEO and Founder of The Soufan Group Ali Soufan, former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, Executive Director and Head of the Philanthropy Centre for J.P. Morgan Jean Sung and the founder of the Women Peace Network Wai Wai Nu. The Advisory Council will play a critical role in recruiting and mentoring the cohorts of global leaders. See the full list of the McCain Global Leaders Advisory Council here.

“With today’s hyper-divisive climate – not only here in America, but globally – we are in dire need of level-headed and inclusive leaders,” said David Axelrod, director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and McCain Global Leaders Advisory Council member. “I’m proud to be a part of the McCain Global Leaders Program and help build a network of rising stars that honors Senator McCain’s legacy.”

Watch the program overview video featuring Cindy McCain, David Axelrod, World Central Kitchen CEO Nate Mook and Jean Sung here.

To learn more about the McCain Global Leaders Program or to apply for the program, visit the program page on the McCain Institute website.

About the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University
Inspired by the character-driven leadership of Sen. John S. McCain and his family’s legacy of public service, the McCain Institute implements programs and initiatives to make a difference in people’s lives across a range of critical areas: leadership development, human rights, rule of law, national security, preventing targeted violence and combating human trafficking.

About Arizona State University
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American research university, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.

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Publish Date
October 12, 2021