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Hovind Global Leaders Program

The Hovind Global Leaders Program is a cohort-based experience to advance the next generation of inclusive, global leaders. And when we talk about global leadership, we mean the kind of socially, culturally, and politically conscious leadership that catalyzes change for good around the world.

Through professional development workshops, mentorship, seminars, and a fully funded spring-break global immersion, the academic-year-long program seeks to accelerate global leadership development by increasing access to opportunities locally and globally for a diverse cohort of students within the Foster School of Business.

Applications for the 2020-2021 Hovind Global Leaders Program are now closed.

Who are Hovind Global Leaders?

Hovind Global Leaders are a cohort of students with diverse backgrounds, identities, and perspectives. In addition to excelling in the classroom, they are leaders motivated to actively engage in their communities and grow through self-reflection, global immersion, learning from one another and from experts both in Seattle and beyond. We are seeking students who are engaged in issues of social justice, dedicated to developing themselves and their communities, and eager to make connections within the cohort of Hovind Global Leaders.

The Hovind Global Leaders Program spans fall, winter and spring quarters. We’re looking for a high-level of commitment from our cohort:

  1. Weekly global leadership seminar-style course and discussions (2 business elective credits each quarter)
  2. Spring break study tour* (2021 location: Brazil)
  3. 1-on-1 mentorship
  4. Personal and professional development
  5. Hovind Global Leaders Forum (spring quarter)

As alumni, Hovind Global Leaders will help recruit and mentor the next cohort of leaders, influence program content, and take lessons learned on the program to inspire their personal and professional lives.

* The fully funded global immersion component is required. The Global Business Center (GBC) will cover all program related expenses including passports, visas, meals, lodging, in-country activities and airfare. Students will incur costs related to vaccinations, international insurance (approx. $16), travel related incidentals (luggage, snacks, etc.), transportation to and from the airport in Seattle, spending money, etc. GBC will work with all finalists who are unable to meet these costs.

Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session or office hours during winter quarter. Applications require short-answer responses. Group interviews will be conducted, and references will be checked and unofficial transcripts requested for finalists.

General dates and deadlines

  • Application open: January 27, 2020
  • Application deadline: March 13, 2020
  • Interviews commence: March 16, 2020
  • Students selected and notified: early April 2020
  • Orientation and kick-off events for selected students: May 2020

Information sessions
See calendar below.

Office hours
Every Thursday 12:30 – 1:20 in PACCAR 230, between January 30 and March 12, 2020.

  • Admittance into the Foster School of Business
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Limited travel or study abroad experience
The Hovind Global Leaders Program recognizes the value of diversity in leadership and strongly encourages members of groups historically underrepresented in business and study abroad to apply. This includes but is not limited to:

  • first-generation college students
  • racial and ethnic minorities
  • those with high financial need and limited travel experience outside the U.S.

Participants in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) or other OMA/D’s programs are encouraged to apply.


Hovind Global Leaders Program – Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of being a Hovind Global Leader?

Beyond earning 2 business elective credits per quarter (F, W, SP), participating in a fully funded spring break global immersion, accessing mentors, creating a rich and diverse network, and learning from industry experts, Hovind Global Leaders have the benefit of engaging with one another weekly, discussing what it means to be holistic, global leaders in today’s world. The leaders will end the year with connections to last a lifetime and, we hope, a desire to pay it forward.

What are my chances of being selected?

We expect the Hovind Global Leaders Program selection process to be very competitive. We are selecting less than 15 finalists for the 2020-2021 program. But don’t let this discourage you from applying! Please take your time completing the application honestly, thoughtfully, and on time.

What if I can’t attend the required information sessions?

Please still apply! Attendance at these sessions is highly encouraged. Please email Program Manager, Roya Zahed if you would like to set up an appointment to talk more about the program.

What is the interview process like?

Selected applicants will participate in group interviews. Positive group dynamics are key to the success of the Hovind Global Leaders Program. We will check references for our finalists before announcing the next cohort of Hovind Global Leaders.

When does the program start?

The selected Hovind Global Leaders will attend an orientation in early May and attend a kick-off celebration later in May, but the weekly engagements won’t begin until Fall quarter.

What is the commitment level of being a Hovind Global Leader?

Hovind Global Leaders must commit to the following:

  • 2-hour daytime orientation in May 2020
  • 2-hour evening kick-off celebration in May 2020
  • 2-hour weekly seminars during Fall 2020, Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 quarters
  • Monthly 1-on-1 mentor meetings during the 2020-2021 school year
  • Weeklong spring break global immersion in 2021

If I’m selected, do I have to participate for the full year?

Yes! Status as a Hovind Global Leader is contingent on signing a commitment form during May orientation. We expect 100% participation for the full year. We know unexpected events can happen, so we will address exceptional situations on a case-by-case basis, but we expect our Hovind Global Leaders to have a high level of commitment to the program.

Is this a course?

Yes, but we’re calling it a leadership experience because it’s so much more than a course. Students will register for two credits of MGMT 490 each quarter (Fall, Winter and Spring). Mentorship meetings and the spring break immersion will occur outside of the class.

What is the course like?

Professor Christina Fong is the Academic Director for the Hovind Global Leaders Program and will lead a course to help students explore global leadership mindsets via cultural competency, global leadership frameworks, critical leadership theory and social justice/equity. Program Manager, Roya Zahed, will also coordinate professional development workshops and facilitate activities as the cohort explores themes of self and identity, community and equity, both locally and globally.

I’ve never studied abroad, is this a program for me?

Absolutely! In fact, we are seeking students who may not have had the opportunity or means to study abroad before. Hovind Global Leaders will participate in pre-departure orientations and discussions to ensure all are prepared for the global immersion. The Program Manager and Academic Director coordinating the study tour will also travel with the cohort and provide support abroad.

How much do I have to pay for the study abroad component?

The Hovind Global Leaders Program aims to minimize costs related to the global immersion. The program will cover expenses including passports, visas, most meals, lodging, in-country activities and airfare. Students will incur costs related to vaccinations, international insurance (approx. $16), travel-related incidentals (luggage, snacks, etc.), transportation to and from the airport in Seattle, some meals, spending money, etc. We will work with those who are unable to meet these costs.

How does the mentorship component work?

Mentorship is an excellent way to learn how to navigate life and a career after graduation from someone who has done it or is doing it. Hovind Global Leaders’ mentors are Foster alumni who are mid-career professionals with a diversity of backgrounds. Each will be paired with a Hovind Global Leader and meet with them once a month during the school year. Mentors and mentees will participate in orientations to set expectations and guidelines.

Additional Questions?

Contact the Hovind Global Leaders Program Manager, Roya Zahed, at [email protected]

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