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Imagine Villagers from over 40 countries living, working, and learning together. The Iacocca Global Village is an intensive, immersive program with a rich set of experiences that you can customize to achieve your leadership aspirations.

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May-June 2023: Your leadership journey begins with a flexible virtual experience designed to fit around your professional or student obligations.

Join an online community of fellow Villagers, mentors, faculty and alumni, exploring common challenges and aspirations while engaging in cultural exchange and learning with leaders from all continents and fields. Begin work on your leadership plan and create concrete goals that will guide your in-person residency.

June 24-July 29, 2023: Continue your journey with the full-time Global Village residency on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Live and work with fellow Villagers as a diverse community of leaders. Complete a team consulting project for an international organization and continue to work toward your leadership goals. Participate in workshops; design challenges; community service; meetings with community leaders, faculty, global professionals, entrepreneurs and mentors. Enjoy local site visits and events and trips to New York City and Washington D.C.

August-November 2023: Launch a leadership project to take back to your community, company or school. Stay connected to your Village community with continued virtual programming and full access to Iacocca Institute staff, faculty and alumni network mentorship.

Upon completion of the Iacocca Global Village program, you will join an incredible network of 2,450+ alumni from 140+ countries!

Questions about joining GV Virtual and Global Village 2023? Email Wagner Previato, Manager, Recruiting and Partnerships.

Establish your own goals and objectives in this unique five week program and exit with new mindsets and skill sets in ethical leadership, entrepreneurship, cross-cultural collaboration and communication. This experience is not about learning sessions, classes, discussions or lectures, but rather real work projects and interactive experiences. Seize the opportunity to map your customized action plan just as you envision it. 

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Consulting/Design Projects

Work in a cross-cultural team for an international or U.S. based client to capture new opportunities and propose solutions to critical problems. The project demands and deadlines are real, and so are the expectations of success and value delivered to the client. Learn cross-cultural leadership, teamwork, project management and presentation skills through total immersion in your diverse international team.

Workshops and Interactive Sessions

Engage on critical topics affecting organizational strategy and performance, professional skills and future trends with experienced facilitators from all over the world.

Topics include:

  • Entrepreneurship and Leadership
  • Global Networking and Multicultural Understanding
  • Next Generation Organizations and Sector Knowledge
  • Personal Development

Regional Site Visits

Visit local organizations, from startup entrepreneurial ventures and family-owned companies, to large global corporations and social enterprises. Meet organization leaders and explore their best practices, innovations and organizational dynamics in action. 

Leaders in Residence and Virtual Visitors

Engage in discussion with leaders of all kinds from large and small corporations, professional firms, family-owned businesses and start-up companies. These leaders-in-residence share paths to success, learning from failures, strategic partnerships, negotiation tips and their vision for the future. Dynamic panel discussions focus on globalization, leadership, and alumni leadership.        

New York and Washington, DC

Visit two of the United States’ iconic cities to experience leadership on a global scale. Tour major multinational businesses and meet with leaders at organizations like:

  • Bloomberg
  • Google
  • Izar Capital Group
  • New York Stock Exchange
  • United Nations
  • U.S. Capitol
  • World Bank

Trip destinations subject to travel and safety restrictions.

Country Presentations and Culture Nights

Hone leadership presentation and speaking skills by sharing your country’s best business practices and pitch it as a potential for investment. And share the non-business culture of your country—music, dress, performance and food—at three social Culture Nights.

Villager-Led Sessions

Propose your own session to discuss global topics, hold an informal group seminar or share your expertise.