Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network
The Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network (TILN) supports young, diverse elected leaders from the United States and Europe. In partnership with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and other stakeholders, TILN inspires, informs, and connects diverse young leaders to excel in elected office and other leadership roles, advance inclusive policies, and engage with senior transatlantic policymakers. Now in its fifth year, the TILN network includes over 120 dynamic leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.
The TILN six-day annual workshop in Brussels is designed for 25 young, diverse leaders from Europe and the United States on a nonpartisan basis who hold or plan to run for public office. Participants engage in immersive exercises on leadership and inclusive policies. The program includes full participation in the GMF Young Professional’s Summit at Brussels Forum – a unique opportunity to interact with high level officials and policymakers at GMF’s flagship global policy convening -- as well as discussions on political inclusion, held at the European Parliament. The agenda features:
- Capacity building sessions: campaign and grassroots strategies, message framing and media outreach, vision statements, leadership portfolio development, reaching and transitioning to higher office, obstacles and opportunities for diverse candidates
- High level, international engagement: discussions with Members of the European Parliament and U.S. Congress, and Brussels Forum senior policymakers, including opportunities for individual professional coaching and mentoring
- Peer-to-peer learning: exchanges of inclusive leadership strategies, experience and best practices
- Track record: Since 2012, TILN has reached more than 120 rising diverse leaders, creating an empowered network that bridges the Atlantic and strengthens transatlantic relations for the future. TILN alumni utilize their experiences to reach new heights, including alumni now serving as: members of the U.S. Congress, national European Parliaments, Ministers, Mayors, City Council, and regional and local leaders; and have mounted campaigns for the European Parliament and other offices.
- Rising diverse young leaders: Participants are between ages 22-35 and seek to run for office within the next three years or have recently been elected. Diversity is defined in the broad sense, including race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. Selected participants demonstrate integrity and a desire to effect real and lasting change in their spheres of influence, including a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
- Alumni engagement: Alumni support innovative initiatives towards equity and inclusion in their home countries, widening the circle of inclusive leadership. Alumni stay connected including through GMF’s alumni opportunities and Alumni Action Grants, and provide support and counsel for each other’s growth and advancement.