Mission: The Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (LDII), as one of the Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, shapes and shares diversity and inclusion best practices across the Atlantic and across sectors.
Rationale: Europe and the United States are rapidly becoming more diverse, requiring leadership that is global in outlook, representative, and inclusive. At this critical time, we must accelerate diversity and inclusion in policy and practice. LDII encompasses inclusive leadership programs; convening to share D&I best practices; and thought leadership. LDII offers partnership opportunities; contact Kevin Cottrell, KCottrell@gmfus.org.
Inclusive Leadership Programs
Transatlantic Inclusion leaders Network (TILN): LDII offers an innovative workshop and alumni action grants for young diverse elected leaders as well as leaders from across sectors, and across the United States and Europe (TILN). TILN training takes place in the policy setting of the Brussels Forum, GMF’s annual high-level meeting of the most influential North American and European leaders to address pressing transatlantic challenges. TILN young leaders form a dynamic network: introduced to top policymakers; empowered with the skills, confidence, and connections to engage in public service at higher levels of responsibility.
Inclusion Component to Alumni Seminars: The Marshall Seminars and Transatlantic Leadership Seminars for TLI alumni offer an inclusion component exploring inclusion issues for each thematic area.
Capacity Building Full Day Course: Inclusive Leadership for Transatlantic Leaders: LDII offers tailored training in institutional contexts to support leaders in developing inclusive leadership understanding, competency and strategies.
Convening and Networking to Share D&I Best Practices
Inclusive Security: LDII continues to advance thought in the area of Inclusive Security. The first two convening events in this area were Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices for Militaries October 28-30, 2013 on Capitol Hill the topic “Transatlantic Security and Diversity” where olicymakers, practitioners, opinion leaders and a young diverse military leaders’ delegation from the United States and Europe explored how to accelerate D&I best practices in their militaries at a time of rapid demographic change; and a follow on convening with the German Defense Ministry and other European partners in 2015 in Berlin.
Bridging Opportunities: LDII bridges national minority leadership networks and international young leader networks to strengthen the pipeline of diverse candidates into GMF’s and partner organizations’ full spectrum of leadership programs.
Thought Leadership and Strategic Outreach
Raising the position of D&I on the transatlantic policy agenda: Through LDII, GMF consistently highlights D&I imperatives in policy settings. Plans are underway to intensify this activity through targeted study tours for influencers and decision makers. The first will be on the topic of “The Role of Media in Promoting Social Cohesion” for European media directors to engage in strategic discussions with U.S. leaders in the media field.
Strategic Partnerships: To strengthen the diversity pipeline into international leadership roles including the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, GMF has initiated agreements with key national minority networks in the United States and is considering such an initiative in Europe. GMF is further playing an active role in the Think Tank Diversity Consortium and the Global Access Pipeline to ensure innovation and diversity of thought in the formulation of foreign policy.
Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives
Kevin Cottrell firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives
Expertise: Leadership Development, Global Connectivity for Local Leaders, Diversity and Inclusion, Networking Strategies
Lora Berg email@example.com
Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives
Expertise: Public Diplomacy, Minorities in Europe, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership Development, Empowered Networks