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The Young Leaders Program
The Young Leaders program is the flagship program of the French-American Foundation and continues to be central to the Foundation’s success in deepening understanding between France and the United States.
The Young Leaders Program takes small groups of carefully selected up-and-coming leaders in government, business, media, military, culture and the non-profit sector and provides them with the opportunity to spend five days together discussing issues of common concern and, more importantly, getting to know each other.
Organized in collaboration with our sister Foundation in France, the program was created in 1981 in response to observations that the close working relationships between French and American leaders in the post-war period were waning as new, younger leaders rose with little exposure to their transatlantic counterparts.
2013 selection process
The 2013 Young Leaders selection process is now open. Click here to apply.
Past and current participants
Young Leaders include such prominent Americans as President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senators Evan Bayh and Bill Bradley, General Wesley Clark, former White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, former World Bank President Robert Zoellick, and business leaders Frank Herringer (Transamerica Corporation) and John Thain (CIT Group).
Six Young Leaders currently serve in the cabinet of French President François Hollande, himself a Young Leader in 1996. Past French participants also include several business leaders, including Henri de Castries (AXA), Anne Lauvergeon (Libération) and Michel Bon (formerly with France Télécom).
To learn about the 2012 class of Young Leaders, click here.