TILN is a highly innovative transatlantic network of young diverse elected leaders, with select civil society and business leaders who collaborate, peer mentor and educate each other in the work of advancing inclusive policies and strengthening social cohesion. TILN alumni are advancing to higher office including the European Parliament and U.S. Congress, among other roles. The TILN network currently numbers approximately 200 members and also features dedicated coaches and partners. Through TILN, GMF provides a unique opportunity to meet 21st century leadership requirements in response to rapid demographic change on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Samira Rafaela (TILN 2016, Netherlands) speaks at the 2019 Brussels Forum panel on "Divided Societies - A Conversation on Race, Equity and Cultural Identity" along with Mitch Landrieu, former mayor of New Orleans, and moderator Karel Verhoeven.

The TILN workshop’s methodology is to inspire, inform, and connect diverse young leaders by equipping them to reach and excel in elected office and other leadership positions, advance inclusive policies, and work with senior policymakers. The TILN workshop includes: the TILN signature leadership curriculum; events with the Young Professionals Summit at the German Marshall Fund's flagship policymaker convening Brussels Forum; site visit and conversations with grass roots inclusive leaders in Belgium; and a half day of discussions on inclusive leadership held with parliamentarians at the European Parliament. Throughout a week of immersive learning, TILN participants form strong bonds with their peers from across the Atlantic.

TILN has grown to be an integral element of the German Marshall Fund Leadership Programs, since it was first founded in 2012 as a cooperative effort of the GMF with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Helsinki Commission


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