What is it about?
The flagship Leadership Program of the Aspen Institute Romania for the last 10 years, the Young Leaders Program, has reached its 11th edition. The 2017 Young Leaders Program will bring increased diversity and relevance for a growing Network of almost 200 Aspen Fellows already covering 14 countries.
The Young Leaders Program gathers each year 20 to 25 high profile regional young leaders with a clear two-fold goal: to promote and advance progressive leadership within society; and to develop the regional network of Aspen Fellows, based on shared values and common interests. This Program is designed for people who have the potential, interest and determination to exercise leadership to the highest standards of civic and corporate responsibility. For this reason we offer a program which challenges people to think about the fundamental concepts on which our society is founded. It also makes participants reflect to the challenges and conflicts that leaders must face in deciding polices and strategies for their organizations and their communities in today's world.
Who can participate?
The Program addresses people between the ages of 25 and 35 having achieved significant professional positions and accomplished results within their area of activity. Candidates should have demonstrated leadership potential, a record of initiative and entrepreneurship and a proven civic interest. We welcome candidates from: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.
The program consists of four modules taking place in Romania. Participants are required to have a high level of English fluency, as it is the working language of the program; the Institute will offer accepted candidates a scholarship covering accommodation, meals, moderation and reading materials related costs, leaving participants to only cover their transportation expenses.
1. Which are the requirements regarding the affiliation of the Nominator?
The nominator should be familiar with the professional background of the nominee, entitled to outline the candidate’s suitability for the program, in terms of accomplished results in their field of activity, demonstrated leadership potential and proven civic interest.
2. Should the letter of recommendation come from the Nominator or from a third party Referee?
The Letter of Recommendation and the Nomination Form should be signed by the same person.
3. Are there any CV formats preferred?
There are no CV formats preferred.
4. Are the 4 documents (Nomination Form, Letter of Recommendation, Letter of Motivation and CV) supposed to be sent by the applicant in one file or should the Nominator send the Nomination form and/or letter of recommendation separately?
The application file (consisting of all four documents, in PDF format) can be sent either by the person making the nomination or by the candidate.
5. Which are the stages of the selection process?
The selection process for candidates having submitted their application files involves the following steps: the documents’ screening phase and the interviewing phase. Firstly, all submitted files will undergo a screening phase, in which members of the Aspen community will analyze the candidate’s overall leadership potential, motivation, vision and record of initiative. Candidates who successfully pass the document screening phase will proceed to an interview with the Aspen Selection Committee, consisting of Aspen Members, Aspen Fellows and HR professionals.
6. Are the participants expected to participate in all 4 modules?
The selected candidates are expected to fully take part in all four modules of the program. Please be advised that for the selected candidates an attendance commitment is required.
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