To rise to the top in today’s world, leaders from all sectors must think and act globally. Successful leaders recognize the value of collaboration — both to meet their own professional objectives and to forge partnerships that develop sustainable solutions to global problems. To meet these opportunities, GMF offers a portfolio of initiatives for established, mid-career, and next generation leaders who are committed to strengthening transatlantic relations to make a free, prosperous, and peaceful world possible.
The Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) is GMF’s flagship leadership development program, preparing leaders from both sides of the Atlantic for transatlantic relations. GMF awards 75 Marshall Memorial Fellowships each year to candidates from all sectors, including business, government and civil society.
The Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network (TILN) supports young, diverse elected leaders from the United States and Europe. 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.
Co-sponsored by GMF and the Armed Forces Office of the German Defense Ministry, the annual Manfred Wörner Seminar brings together 30 young Americans and Germans to examine German and European security policy and to discuss U.S.–German and U.S.–European security interests.
Be Part of a Movement
This year marks the 70th anniversary year of the Marshall Plan. In this context, GMF is committed to showcasing our readiness to uphold the values of transatlantic collaboration. Faced with a renewed period of challenge, within our societies and for transatlantic relations, the alumni of GMF leadership programs are showing strength and enthusiasm to lead forward.
In April 2017, 140 alumni of GMF’s leadership programs gathered in St. Vincent Italy to provide inputs for an organized engagement over the course of the next three years. GMF’s three-year alumni strategy will advance democracy, inclusive leadership, and global engagement on both sides of the Atlantic.
In order to deepen their engagement with transatlantic relations, in 2019 five German alumni created the Goldman Founders Circle with pledges totaling $60,000. This new venture serves as a means to provide scholarships for a new generation of transatlantic leaders, funding for Alumni Leadership Action Projects, and to ensure accessibility to a diverse array of stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic.
GMF’s Triennial Transatlantic Leaders Retreat convenes every three years to identify the upcoming challenges for the transatlantic relationship and define the priorities of GMF’s alumni engagement.
The best alumni activities stem from ideas generated and executed by alumni themselves. Alumni Leadership Action Projects offer alumni of GMF leadership programs seed grants up to $5,000 to advance ideas that strengthen leadership in transatlantic relations.
Each Transatlantic Leadership Seminar is expert led and engages more than 40 leaders in open, frank, and dynamic exchange. This 7-10 day seminar relies on GMF’s extensive network of partners and 35 years of strategic convening to identify speakers and site visits to keep participants abreast of major change.
GMF's Marshall Seminars address leadership issues for which there is no clarity of solution. Lasting from two to three days, they allow GMF's smart-power network to gather for an exchange of strategies and best practices and brainstorm opportunities to collaborate.
This signature workshop of GMF’s Paris-Based Inclusive Leadership Hub will convene annually GMF alumni with a wider circle of French stakeholders to engage on state of the art practices for inclusive leadership. Organized over two days of knowledge sharing and co-creation, this summit will lead to enhanced connectivity and collaboration on advancing inclusive leadership practices.
GMF’s Leadership Perspectives series inform leaders about emerging trends that are changing the nature of transatlantic relations. GMF Leadership Perspectives last one hour, feature individuals in leadership positions, and allow participants to shape content through instant messaging.
GMF continues to empower its alumni to transfer their leadership and innovation to the transatlantic sphere. To access the aforementioned benefits, and join a transatlantic movement of leaders working to secure liberal values, join GMF’s Alumni Leadership Council at a level that matches your development goals and leadership needs.
We invite alumni of our leadership programs to register for GMF’s online Leadership Alumni Directory. Do not miss your chance to keep us updated on your contact details and remain connected to the transatlantic leadership community.
During their first Triennial Transatlantic Leaders Retreat in 2017, GMF alumni have identified three focus areas for GMF alumni engagement and deployment through 2020 – the Future of Democracy, Inclusive Leadership, and Global Engagement.
Future of Democracy
Democracy is a fluid process. As a process, there have always been existential threats to democratic practices in addition to the external and internal factors shaping our democracies. Thus, the present should always serve as a renewed call to action rather than a reason to call democracy’s time of death. The Leadership Programs of GMF will continue to support leaders to study and practice ways to improve the social contract, to strengthen citizen’s trust in public institutions and among themselves, to ensure a democratic workplace that is equitable and inclusive, and to engage younger generations as equal partners in the efforts to strengthen democracy.
As Europe and the United States rapidly become more diverse, we must accelerate inclusive leadership in policy and practice. The Leadership Programs of GMF advance inclusive leadership as a core 21st leadership competency. At this critical time, we require leaders who are representative, intercultural in outlook, and inclusive in their approach to policymaking.
The alumni of GMF’s leadership programs include graduates of the following programs: the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, Manfred Wörner Seminar, Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network, Transatlantic Forum for Migration and Integration, Policy Designers and Leadership Lab, Asmus Policy Entrepreneurs Fellowship, APSA Congressional Fellowship, and New Länder Fellowship.