Common Purpose
Global Leader Experience

This programme is open to students in higher education in Chicago. 

It will run from 14 to 17 December 2015. 

Join a Global Leader Experience

Join a Global Leader Experience (GLE) and develop your leadership skills to help influence the future of the world around you, as well as establish a global network.


Along with your fellow participants, you will play a part in tackling the biggest issues facing business, governments and society today. A GLE gives you real and practical experiences, broadens your horizons and challenges you to adapt and thrive in diverse situations. It equips you with the tools you need to lead change, now and in the future.

This programme is open to students in Higher Education in Chicago and will be hosted by our university partner, the University of Chicago.

This programme is made possible through the kind support of BP our Corporate Partner.

Who you could meet

Some of the organisations students could hear from and visit include:

  • BP
  • Active Transport Alliance
  • Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • City of Chicago
  • Clean Energy Trust
  • The Field Museum
  • The Tribune
  • World Chicago


Dominic Akandwanaho, Student, Harvard University, Participant, GLE Boston 2014

"This has been wonderful overall. I have been challenged and inspired equally. I feel more prepared than ever before to launch my ideas into the world!"

How to apply

When and where?


The programme takes place at the University of Chicago, between 14 to 17 December 2015.

Each day will run from 9.00am - 6.00pm and participants are expected to attend all sessions over the four days.

How much? FREE

To apply for the programme complete an online application form before the application deadline of Monday 7 December 2015.

For further information view the flyer, alternatively contact or phone Rosa Scheepers: +1 917 842 2757

Joshua Mazur, Student, University of Ottawa, participant, GLE Montreal 2014

"This program has done an excellent job of situating the issues 21st century cities have in a global economic context. The parallels drawn between public, private and social enterprises help students see paths of innovation and steps to accomplish change."

This programme is made possible through the kind support of BP as our Corporate Partner.

BP is one of the world's leading international oil and gas companies, providing its customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, retail services and petrochemicals products for everyday items.

We are grateful for the support of the University of Chicago as our host university partner. 

One of the world's premier academic and research institutions, the University of Chicago has driven new ways of thinking since their 1890 founding. 

Jean Kabese, Student, University of Johannesburg, participant, GLE Johannesburg 2014

"I am a better citizen, a better leader, a better person and I believe that this experience has given me more confidence in tackling problems that seem impossible to solve."