Global leaders do not emerge accidentally. They are the product of concerted effort and purposeful development. Through key international partnerships, the McDonough Center gives students an opportunity to expand their view of leadership beyond the Western perspective. By stepping outside their comfort zone, students challenge their own assumptions about the way leadership works.
International Leadership Association (ILA): Aside from being an institutional member of the ILA, the McDonough Center actively participates in the association’s activities. The dean of the McDonough Center, for instance, serves on ILA’s Board of Directors. The Center also has sponsored different ILA initiatives, including luncheons for the deans/directors/chairs of leadership programs. These luncheons have given leaders an opportunity to network and share experiences. We also have taken our McDonough Scholars to the ILA’s global conferences, exposing them to cutting-edge theories of leadership.
Cambridge Summer Program (University of Richmond’s Law School Program at the University of Cambridge, England): Through a partnership with Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies, McDonough is given an opportunity to send a student to a summer program at Cambridge’s Law School. This program is ideal for students interested in international law and leadership. As part of the partnership, Jepson students also are given the opportunity to participate in McDonough-sponsored leadership study abroad trips.
Methodist University in Piracicaba - UNIMEP (Piracicaba, Brazil): Through a partnership with this private university in southern Brazil, McDonough periodically hosts a group of MBA students for a summer seminar focused on international business leadership. Aside from classes, McDonough also coordinates site visits to local businesses so the Brazilian students can expand their views on international trade.