The prestigious Global Leadership Program (GLP) gives high-achieving young Armenians the opportunity to acquire new skills that will enhance their leadership potential, that will promote individual progress and development, and that will foster a network of support from cohorts of community leaders and aspiring professionals. With placements in stimulating environments, each participant is connected with professional mentors, thus getting an early start in building their network as they acquire new skills. In addition, identity-affirming activities focus on leadership skill building and personal growth and development.
The Program was established in 1987 in New York City by Rita and Vartkess Balian to implement their vision of ensuring that the Armenian community remains strong and relevant in every generation. The AGBU Global Leadership Program (formerly NYSIP) quickly established itself as a premier program for generations of Armenian leaders. Its great success prompted expansion sister programs throughout the world, including in Los Angeles (1989), Paris (2003), Yerevan (2007), Moscow (2010), London (2015), Buenos Aires (2017) and most recently Boston (2019).
Attracting the best and the brightest Armenians from around the world, the program matches participants with mentors and prominent host institutions that represent the best of each host city. The program is structured to include a range of events and activities, including professional and personal development seminars and cultural activities and discussions. Hands-on experience empowers participants with the resources they need to forge their paths and compete in the global marketplace.
To date, the AGBU Global Leadership Program has connected hundreds of Diasporan peers who have risen to the top of their fields and their communities. Our accomplished alumni continuously give back to society, as many become supervisors and mentors to new generations of global leaders and make generous contributions that sustain AGBU’s work.
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