Content and Methodology

The GCL Program curriculum includes a robust roster of professors from Georgetown University. Additionally, the GCL Program takes full advantage of being located in Washington, D.C., and participants visit important multilateral institutions, think tanks and federal organizations such as the Pentagon, White House, and Congress. They meet with public figures who have a focus on the region, giving them the opportunity to discuss ideas for national projects and other important issues with leading experts in diverse fields. This is an invaluable network that can be used for implementation once the participants are back in their home countries.


The content is divided into four modules with the purpose of generating greater understanding in each of the areas, with an emphasis on concrete concepts and practical tools in order to promote agents of change. The four modules are: personal leadership, political leadership, business leadership, and nonprofit leadership.

Courses include topics such as:

  • Leadership techniques
  • Effective communication skills
  • Leadership ethics and values
  • Foundations for democracy
  • Political leadership in Latin America
  • Public policy administration and project management
  • Competitiveness in the public sector
  • International strategic alliances and integration
  • Civil society and civic participation
  • Social networks and virtual networks
  • Social and community management
  • Strategic planning and development of high impact projects
  • Contemporary models of business leadership and management
  • Business administration tools



The GCL Program has a duration of 10 weeks, and consists of the following educational components:

  • Academic courses – Classes given by Georgetown University faculty as well as professors from other Ibero-American countries and institutions. Courses are multidisciplinary with a focus on the economic, social and political aspects of competitiveness and integral development.
  • Leadership development – Modules designed to address topics pertaining to personal and professional leadership which provide participants with tangible tools to implement in their daily lives. Participants can also receive coaching to help identify and reach their personal and professional goals.
  • Team building – Participants take part in team building sessions throughout the program that are both fun and educational in order to promote a greater understanding of the individual and others to create lasting bonds among the group.
  • Applied project – Participants are to develop a high impact project related to the objectives of the course which is to be implemented in their country. These should be executable and viable projects that produce a multiplier effect that benefits the country’s development (social, economic, political and/or moral). These projects will be presented to members of the Latin American Board and GCL Advisory Committee at the culmination of the program and will be evaluated upon participants’ return to their home countries.
  • Live Case study – Rather than receiving a case study in the classroom, GCL participants are assigned to groups which represent different companies. Groups must research and produce their own information in real time, and after a week of courses, negotiations and other activities, they must compete to see which “company” develops the best strategy going forward. This is only one of the many times they must work in teams throughout the program.
  • Visits – Participants visit important multilateral institutions, think tanks and public figures with a focus on the region. Students have the opportunity to discuss important issues with leading experts in Washington, D.C.
  • Speakers – Special guests are invited to speak about their areas of expertise in relation to the topics on the academic calendar, giving the participants the opportunity to exchange ideas and create links with important leaders from diverse sectors.