Crises in Global Affairs: Tough Lessons, New Perspectives
Cameron Munter, ambassador to Pakistan at the time of the Bin Laden raid and to Serbia at the time of Kosovo's independence, also volunteered twice to serve in Iraq. His diplomatic career followed America's top challenges; he is now president of the EastWest Institute, a nonprofit in New York that seeks to prevent conflict worldwide. He will discuss key crises in the world, from Korea to Syria, and relations from Russia to China, where his institute is engaged tackling the toughest security issues of our time.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 5:30pm
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00pm
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 5:30pm
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 11:00am
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 5:30pm
The trip includes four nights of luxury hotel accommodations, most meals, program fees, group events, tours and excursions as well as a built-in charitable contribution included in the program fee for the Fuentes & Newman's Cigar Family Foundation as well as for GNF.
The MELA Masterclass is a 10 day experiential program in building a global profile. Leadership means many things to many people, and carries with it many different requirements and styles. Yet behind its many forms and faces, the challenges are always the same. These challenges are personal, technical and strategic. Nothing will prepare you quite as well, as the MELA Masterclass.
The program focuses on five modules developed to help scale your business internationally, and then lead it. Experts from our peer network discuss the relationship between technology and expansion, as well as the various stages of development leaders and companies can go through on the path to success.
The framework is neither fixed nor dictatorial. Sessions are customized, depending on the interests or background of a particular class. Training can range from family business concerns, to strategies in the startup sector, to the leadership implications of life in a large corporation or team. Participants engage with colleagues and facilitators through small and varied ‘learning sessions’, team challenges, and impromptu exchanges. Often it’s the unscripted exchanges that can lead to new ideas, and relationships lasting many years.
Building on the success of our inaugural event in 2017 and the webinars held in August and September, we will gather in a relaxed resort setting to hear presentations from successful women leaders, discuss topics such as gaining corporate board roles, effective nonprofit board leadership, having power and exercising it, communication and being heard, dealing with conflict, gaining and keeping control of your own agenda, mentoring others and using your network effectively. There will be plenty of time to network and get to know each other as well as to enjoy the beautiful grounds and local restaurants.
Charlottesville, Virginia is well known for its rich history – in politics, business and higher education. During the Charlottesville Briefing, April 12-15, we will take a deeper dive into the past, present, and future of this dynamic area. From discussions with experts on the region’s history to interactive sessions with UVA faculty and students, you’ll learn more about Virginia’s trending technology and business incubators. Enjoy renowned dining and cultural offerings as well as a private tour of the King Family Vineyards, nestled in the foothills of the glorious Blue Ridge Mountains. Discover the old and new Charlottesville during this exciting SIBF program.
Network reunions offer the educational opportunities to improve upon the foundation of your CELA membership, but more importantly they offer the environment to meet and become friends with great people and refresh already existing relationships. From these friendships come personal and professional connections. Membership in the CELA network has always been about an opportunity to meet others and actively pursue those connections.
The individual curriculum for both sessions of the SIBF Leadership Academy has been thoughtfully developed to offer a broad spectrum of opportunities to investigate innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship. World-class business coaches and global business executives with proven expertise serve as session instructors for the plenary sessions. In addition, a select group of experienced international business professionals serve as facilitators; two or three facilitators manage participant Learning Groups and lead the conversations that deepen and extend learning and personal growth. The underlying credo for the Academy is that everyone is a teacher; each participant is expected to share personal knowledge and experiences as they assimilate each session’s lessons.
Session 1: Atlanta, Georgia - May 14-19, 2018
Session 2: Dallas, Texas - August 26-30, 2018
Both sessions are required and participants will remain in contact to work on individual business projects between sessions 1 and 2.
SIBF invites you to explore a fascinating region of the world. The 2018 Fellows’ International Conference will visit the Baltic States, rich in history and culture. Through an exclusive network of on-site contacts in business, politics and the arts, this program will put you in touch with the pulse of these countries today. Join us as we explore the uniquely transforming Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
Post-program Extension: Helsinki
June 17-19, 2018
SIBF’s annual summer program, targeted to young adults age 17 to 24, is held at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. This highly rated program offers students the chance to discover the mathematics of money, the importance of philanthropy and entrepreneurialism, and the significance of financial planning. Led by global finance and business experts, along with Cambridge scholars, the Money & Responsibility program is a life-changing experience for young people as they plot their courses for the future.
The Central Eurasia Leadership Alliance (CELA) is a program of lifetime personal development for outstanding mid-career professionals from the fields of business, education, and civil society. CELA draws its membership from the countries of the southern Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) together with Afghanistan. About 40 new members are selected yearly in a competitive but transparent admissions process in each country. The entry point to CELA is a 11-day intensive Academy in Istanbul that begins the education and mentoring journey.