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LALP Custom Programs

In collaboration with the McDonough School of Business Executive Education Office, the Latin America Leadership Program (LALP) partners with institutions and companies to design distinct leadership programs based on their professional development needs and business objectives. Programs are implemented on campus or throughout the region.

LALP has several advantages when it comes to developing and executing leadership programs, including:

  • focus on training leaders to transform the world;
  • commitment to values, critical thought, and public ethics;
  • special affinity with and relationship to Latin America, its challenges and opportunities;
  • strategically located in Washington, DC, with access to public institutions and high-level experts; and
  • network of contacts with professors, U.S. public and private sector leaders, and emerging leaders in Latin America.

Our partners include: Ambev (Brazil), Sanofi Avenits (Panama, Mexico), Immune Coding Institute (Spain), Barna Business School (Dominican Republic), Universidad de Especialidades Espiritu Santo (Ecuador), Centro de Estudos Sociedade e Tecnologia and the Escola Nacional de Administração Pública (Brazil), among others.

If you want to learn more about developing a custom program for your company, university, or organization, please contact us at

Some of Our Custom Programs

​On Campus:

Health Journalism Leadership Seminar

This annual program was designed to equip Mexican health journalists with new knowledge, meaningful insights, and practical tools and networks to maximize their impact by increasing awareness about public health issues. In collaboration with Sanofi (Mexico).

Smart Drinking and Responsible Consumption of Alcohol 

The two-and-a-half-day program allowed stakeholders across sectors—including academia, the private sector, civil society, and government leaders—to actively explore evidence-based and related solutions for positively shifting social norms and individual behaviors around alcohol use in Brazil. In partnership with Ambev (Brazil).

Barna International Weekend 

A four-day workshop at Georgetown University for graduate students from Escuela de Alta Dirección Barna to provide participants with analytical frameworks and tools to generate and implement innovative public policies. In collaboration with Barna Business School (Dominican Republic).

Program for the Strengthening of the Public Sector in Latin America

A four-day workshop for undergraduate students from different Latin American countries interested in pursuing a career in the public sector. The students were part of a broader program sponsored by Fundación Botin and spent one week in Washington D.C. within the program. The seminar helped students understand and analyze regional challenges in relation to public administration through multidisciplinary sessions, as well as gain a broad perspective of public policy by exploring history, analyzing the latest research, and examining new trends. In collaboration with Fundacion Botin (Spain).

In the region:

Immune Coding Institute

A semester-long course in the Humanities with individual coaching for Immune Coding Institute (Spain).

Innovation and Leadership in Government (ILG) Brazil 

Based on Georgetown’s ILG model, LALP implements every year a 10-day custom program in coordination with the Centro de Estudos Sociedade e Tecnologia (CEST) at the Universidade de São Paulo and the Escola Nacional de Administração Pública (ENAP) in Brazil.

The goals of this program are:

  • Foundations: Strengthen foundations of principles of governance and analyze emerging challenges and issues to develop new frameworks for addressing policy issues.
  • Innovation in Policy Development: Provide tools for the elaboration and evaluation of viable public policies with a high impact for society.
  • Diverse Perspectives: Analyze innovative best practices in the implementation and impact of public policies in diverse countries, taking into consideration the inclusion of different sectors to develop truly integral policies.
  • Using New Technologies: Empowering public policy leaders to leverage the latest technology for the benefit of society.
  • Transformational Leadership: Fortify leadership skills on an individual level, to promote agents of change within the government who will impact the organizational culture and greater society.

The third edition of ILG Brazil was held in Brasilia from November 5 to December 5, 2018, as a three-module 10-day program designed for high-level public policy leaders from Brazil and sponsored by Microsoft.


​Leading Education: Forming Leaders of Change

A four-month program that offers young leaders between the ages of 20 and 35 who are dedicated to enacting changes in educational systems. This program combines theoretical training in fundamental disciplines of the educational sector with methodological tools to enable change through intervention in different work environments. Training is guided by a selection of international professionals with distinguished experience in the educational sector. Ricardo Ernst, director of LALP, will be participating as a guest lecturer in the first edition of this program as part of LALP's Custom Programs. A training itinerary is proposed that covers the main characteristics of Latin American educational systems through a combination of expository classes, moments of exchange between students and protagonists, and challenges related to the tasks that students will have to carry out. 

The program will run synchronously, every two weeks, on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. ARG / 4:00 p.m. MEX and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. ARG / 8:00 a.m. MEX. This training is complemented with meetings as well as individual and group projects conducted asynchronously throughout the week. 

ILG Brazil 4.0 

In November and December, Microsoft, in partnership with the National School of Public Administration (ENAP) and Georgetown University's Latin America Leadership Program, organized the fourth edition of Innovation and Government Leadership (ILG) Brazil. 

Because of the pandemic caused by COVID-19, this year classes took place for the first time in an online format through the communication and collaboration platform Microsoft Teams. The course was coordinated by Professor Ricardo Ernst, Baratta Chair in Global Business at Georgetown University, Executive Director of the University's Latin American Board, and former Vice Dean of the McDonough School of Business.

ILG Brazil 4.0 offered senior public executives analytical parameters and tools to formulate and implement innovative public policies, as well as develop leadership skills to become agents of change in the state. It also promoted debates on several relevant topics such as globalization, competitiveness, governance, digital transformation, new technologies in the public sector, negotiation, and communication with different audiences. 

The course had the participation of about 30 students from different federal and state agencies, such as the Ministry of Health, Supreme Federal Court, and Court of Auditors of Paraná, and had the honor of having a lecture by the Secretary of Digital Government of Brazil, Luis Felipe Monteiro, an alumnus of ILG in 2016. It featured classes taught by renowned Georgetown professors, as well as adjunct professors.

ILG Brazil 5.0  is scheduled for summer 2021 and will be implementedvirtually in partnership with ENAP thanks to the generous support of Microsoft Latin America.