Leadership is best defined by character: the commitment to serving a cause greater than oneself; the commitment to serving those who need it most; the commitment to serving others, even when it is difficult. Nothing is more important than leadership, whether in the expansion of human freedom, the relief of human suffering, or the strengthening of national and international security. The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University is committed to identifying, training, supporting, networking, and fostering the growth of the next generation of global leaders.

Each year, the McCain Institute selects up to 20 emerging leaders to be a part of its Next Generation Leaders program. They are individuals from around the world, from every walk of life, who even in their mid-careers have demonstrated extraordinary character, commitment to core human values, and capacity for future leadership. These professionals are ready to rise to the next level of leadership and change their world.

Those selected are offered a unique program that blends professional development, exposure to top-level policy makers, and formal training in leadership and communications, as they build reserves of personal capital and support networks that will last a lifetime.

Participants enter the Next Generation Leaders program with a passion that drives their activity. The McCain Institute’s professional development opportunities, values-based leadership training, and connection with critical support networks help them rise to the next level of global stewardship.