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GCL 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, DC, and participants visit important multilateral institutions, think tanks, companies, and federal organizations. Participants meet with public figures who have a focus on the region, allowing them 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 to generate greater understanding in each of the areas, with an emphasis on concrete concepts and practical tools 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 spans 10 weeks and consists of the following educational components:

  • Academic Courses: Classes are taught by Georgetown University faculty as well as visiting professors from other Latin 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 are designed to address topics of personal and professional leadership, which provide participants with tangible tools to implement in their daily lives.
  • Team Building: Participants take part in team-building sessions, throughout the program, that are both fun and educational 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.
  • Case Studies: Case studies are used to illustrate and identify best practices and strategies that could be applied in other contexts to solve critical issues.
  • Visits: Participants visit important multilateral institutions, think tanks, and institutions with a focus on the region. Students have the opportunity to discuss important issues with leading experts in Washington, DC.
  • High-profile Guest Speakers: Special guests are invited to speak about their areas of expertise concerning the topics on the academic calendar, allowing the participants to exchange ideas and create links with important leaders from diverse sectors.