Future Leaders Program

Hilton Prize Laureates Collaborative Launches “Future Leaders” Program

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Hilton Prize Laureates Collaborative Launches “Future Leaders” Program
Challenging Field Experiences with Multiple Laureate Organizations for Young Professionals/ High Potential Students in Development, Human Rights, Public Health

13 February 2014 – Washington, DC; Dakar, Senegal –
The Hilton Prize Laureates Collaborative — the independent alliance of the 18 Laureates of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize — today launched a new program of powerful, high-impact field experiences to support early career professionals and high-potential students completing their degrees with challenging field experiences involving multiple Laureate organizations.

The Laureates Collaborative Future Leaders program will leverage the collective presence of the Laureates in over 150 countries worldwide and their programmatic span involving human rights, protection, humanitarian response, sustainable development, education and health.

The first placement in the program involves a student from France completing her degree in Conflict and Development. She will serve as a Laureates Collaborative Associate in Senegal for a six-month assignment supporting planning, development and implementation of a joint program involving obstetric fistula being undertaken by three of the Hilton Laureates operating there: Tostan, AMREF and Handicap International.

Laureates Collaborative General Secretary David R. Curry commented, “We are focusing initially on countries with strong Laureate presence as we build out our program. We have active pilots in the Americas (Haiti), Africa (Senegal) and Asia (Nepal). Our vision is that within the next five years we will have active Future Leaders programs in 20 countries globally. As important, we are confident that in the years ahead, young professionals who have served as Laureates Collaborative Associates will be recognized as a cadre of high-potential, diverse young leaders, who are making significant early-career contributions to their organizations and to the field overall.”

Overall, the Future Leaders program intends to offer unparalleled opportunities to students and young professionals characterized by:

  • Field experiences (typically six--month assignments) integrated with headquarters experiences customized to the student or young professional, country and Laureate context,
  • Direct, in-depth experience in two or more Laureate programs in-country, and exposure to all Laureate programs that may be operating in the given country context,
  • Opportunities to directly and regularly collaborate with Laureate country leadership, including Laureate CEOs/EDs,
  • Opportunities focused on a diversity of backgrounds, with special emphasis on students with relevant country heritage, varying economic means, and inclusive of schools from Global South contexts, and
  • Ongoing support and networking with peers and the Laureate community, including recognition at the annual

Nominees for the program are recommended by Laureates organizations, and through an established network of universities and colleges which continues to grow. There is no external application process for the program.

Curry concluded, “Field experience has become a key asset for young professionals and graduate students entering the competitive development and humanitarian response field. Of course, internships and practicums have become a standard feature of graduate degree programs preparing future practitioners in global public health, sustainable development, human rights studies and related fields. While many schools have well-developed internship programs — often through partnerships with NGOs and other organizations — fewer are able to place their students directly in high- impact roles in the field. It is equally challenging for young professionals and recent graduates to find such field experiences, which are vital to their CV and competitiveness in seeking early career employment. We intend that our Future Leaders Program will help address this challenge.”

Generous support for the Laureates Collaborative Future Leaders Program comes from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Hilton Worldwide and Econet.

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Mathilde Demasiet_Keur Simbara_First Week

Mathilde Demassiet -- first Laureates Collaborative Associate -- visits with youngsters at Keur Simbara, a village near Thies, Senegal, which participated in Tostan’s Community Empowerment Program. [January 2014]

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