Global Leadership Challenge

Empowering the next generation of responsible leaders. A global initiative of the University of Oxford and the St. Gallen Symposium. 9–15 December 2021, in Oxford, St. Gallen and around the world.

100

Young Leaders

15

Senior Advisors

4

Challenges

1

Vision

Earn a
Certificate of Achievement

All active participants will receive an official Certificate of Achievement from the Oxford Character Project at the University of Oxford and the St. Gallen Symposium.

Attend the
51st St. Gallen Symposium

The winning team will be offered to join the 51st St. Gallen Symposium on 5-6 May 2022 as Leaders of Tomorrow and engage in cross-generational dialogue with senior leaders.

As Leaders of Tomorrow, their expenses for travel and accomodation are fully covered, and after the conference, they join a global network of emerging thinkers and changemakers.

Receive mentorship from the Oxford Character Project

The top three teams will be offered to participate in a three-month long, bespoke leadership development course, curated and facilitated by The Oxford Character Project.

In addition, they will receive 1:1 mentorship from Dr Edward Brooks, Executive Director of the Oxford Character Project.

Programme overview

The Global Leadership Challenge is a joint initiative of the University of Oxford (Social Sciences Division and the Oxford Character Project) and the St. Gallen Symposium. Together, we aim to connect young leaders across boundaries to address sustainable development goals and enable them to become responsible leaders in their local contexts. GLC 2021 will take place from 9 – 15 December 2021 in Oxford, St. Gallen, and around the world.

How can we develop a deep sense of purpose that drives and directs our actions, leading to a sustainable future for all? How can we incorporate purpose in our actions, aligning our personal values and professional aspirations? To tackle these questions, GLC 2021 will convene 100 promising young leaders to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time by integrating responsible leadership and practical actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Learn more about our four challenges for this year and the application process on the challenge website.

How it works

During the GLC week, participants will engage with leading academics, industry experts, and practitioners in a series of dialogues, masterclasses, and workshops. To put the learnings into practice, they will collaborate in small groups to develop impact projects that address at least one of the four challenge areas, directly contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Upon completion, all active participants will earn an official Certificate of Achievement. The top three teams will be offered to participate in bespoke leadership training from the Oxford Character Project. Finally, the winning team will be invited to attend the 51st St. Gallen Symposium in May 2022 as Leaders of Tomorrow.

The annual theme of GLC 2021 is “The Power of Purpose”. Throughout the week, participants will interact with senior leaders from across sectors, moving beneath their professional accomplishments to learn from their personal journey. They will explore how established leaders have navigated the highs and lows of their personal and professional lives and gain insight that will help them to live purposeful lives.

The GLC is a joint initiative of the University of Oxford (Social Sciences Division and the Oxford Character Project) and the St. Gallen Symposium, supported by the Lemann Foundation and The Templeton World Charity Foundation.

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