I write to share the news about an exciting turning point for GMF’s alumni leadership network.
This year marks the 70th anniversary year of the Marshall Plan. In this context, GMF is proud to continue to showcase our readiness to uphold the values of transatlantic collaboration that emerged from the darkness and devastation of the World War II. The Marshall Plan remains one of the greatest peace and reconciliation efforts in human history. This is true not only in terms of size—the Plan represented 15 percent of the U.S. GDP in 1947—but also in terms of impact and sustainability. Growing from that pivotal initiative, the shared values of Americans and Europeans have set new world standards for political freedom, social stability, common foreign and security policy priorities, technology driven transformation, growth of business and trade, and unparalleled quality of life.
We now face a renewed period of challenge, within our societies and for transatlantic relations. Against this backdrop of political, social and economic uncertainty, the GMF leadership network is strong, organizing, and ready to lead forward.
From April 7-9, more than 140 alumni gathered in St Vincent, Italy for the inaugural Triennial Transatlantic Leadership Retreat to formulate a three-year alumni strategy to advance democracy, inclusive leadership, and global engagement on both sides of the Atlantic. We look forward to releasing soon the strategic report from the retreat, which includes action items for alumni engagement for the coming three years.
In the meantime, we are excited to share the following alumni engagement opportunities with you. As the world continues to integrate, GMF continues to provide its over three thousand alumni leaders with opportunities for immersion into latest leadership and innovation trends.
Kevin Cottrell (MMF ’08)
Director, Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives
Transatlantic Leadership Seminar on the Future of Global Engagement
The forth iteration of the highly successful seven to nine day expert led immersion into transformative trends of transatlantic impact will take a cohort of twenty American and European alumni to cities across California and Mexico for a deep dive on global drivers of change and effective strategies to benefit from them. The seminar will explore the role globalization plays in agriculture, manufacturing, retail, and community development as well as the implications of the freer movement of people, goods, and services for societies and politics, including efforts to make globalization more inclusive or dismantle it all together. Participants will have the opportunity to see the impact of shifts in national policies on globally integrated communities as well as explore local innovations in global engagement and outreach. The Transatlantic Leadership Seminar on the Future of Global Engagement will take place from November 12 to 18 and is currently available only on a first-come first-served basis through the appropriate membership in GMF’s Alumni Leadership Council.
Marshall Seminar on the Frontier of Democracy
This fifth iteration of the highly popular transatlantic three day deep dive on issues of immediate relevance for communities on both sides of the Atlantic will convene American and European alumni in Kiev, Ukraine, to explore emerging trends transforming our democracies. Participants will examine the ongoing fusion of domestic and foreign policy, the disruptive role of technology, the evolving forms of political messaging and self organization, the transition from party to movement driven politics, and the growing strength of non traditional actors in political decision making. Participants will also enjoy opportunities to engage with leaders from GMF’s civil society network in the region and help expend GMF’s leadership development programming to the Black Sea. The Marshall Seminar on the Frontline of Democracy will take place from April 27 to 29, 2018. Access is currently available only on a first-come first-served basis through the appropriate level memberships in GMF's Alumni Leadership Council.
Leadership Perspectives with Enhanced Connectivity
Last year, GMF launched its Leadership Perspectives series to inform leaders in its alumni network about emerging trends that are changing the nature of transatlantic relations and the global context in which we all operate. GMF Leadership Perspectives last an hour, feature individuals in leadership positions, and allow participants to shape content through instant messaging. Recordings of each Perspective are made available for those who are yet to join GMF’s Alumni Leadership Council to benefit. For exclusive access to our Leadership Perspectives and ability to shape content with questions through instant messaging, please join GMF’s Alumni Leadership Council at any level.
Alumni Leadership Action Projects
The best alumni activities stem from ideas generated and executed by alumni themselves. Following the release of our three year strategy at the end of May, GMF will launch its forth call for proposals for alumni leadership action projects. Follow our alumni communication closely for an online application form. If you would like to help us increase the pool of funding available for this range of our activity, please join GMF’s Alumni Leadership Council at any level. Here is the summary of our previously funded initiatives.
Marshall Memorial Fellowship Nominations
GMF is now accepting nominations for its hallmark Marshall Memorial Fellowship program throughout the year. The MMF program now consists of 6 months of preparations and 24 days of immersive learning. If you would like to nominate someone for the program, you can read our latest selection criteria and submit your application on our How to Nominate or Apply for the Fellowship webpage.
Hosting of New Marshall Memorial Fellows
GMF is now accepting host partnership applications from alumni. If you are in a city that does not currently host fellows, you may submit an application through our online MMF Partnership Application Form. We are currently looking for opportunities to expand our programing in the South East, Mid-West, and the Rockies as well as in Northern Europe. Applications from other regions are equally welcomed.
GMF continues to empower its alumni to transfer their leadership and innovation to the transatlantic sphere. All of our alumni engagement efforts are funded through fees, memberships, and external support from organizations dedicated to strengthening transatlantic engagement and collaboration for specific communities. To support our efforts and tap into some of the aforementioned benefits, join GMF’s Alumni Leadership Council at a level that matches your development goals and leadership needs. Membership in GMF’s Alumni Leadership Council is the best way to invest your employer’s professional development funds and allows you to benefit from tax deductions for charitable contributions.