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While living in a microcosm of the world wide community, villagers develop a customized schedule of learning experiences that

  • Increase Knowledge of Business and Industry
  • Teach, Enhance and Apply Leadership Skills
  • Develop Entrepreneurial Thought and Action
  • Build and Nurture Powerful Global Networks
  • Develop and Focus Career Path Objectives
  • Explore and Leverage Diverse Environments
       In a changing world, a first step toward leadership is taking advantage of a genuine opportunity. A second is recognizing others that do the same.
Lee Iacocca





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Global Village program courses expose villagers to critical topics affecting companies and organizational performance, professional skills and abilities, and market trends with a focus in four primary areas:

More than 25 courses are presented, from which villagers will customize their Global Village program schedule to align with their professional goals and objectives.  Three hours in length, courses offer breadth and exposure and are taught by international and domestic facilitators.  Facilitators posess topic experience and application. Each year, program courses are updated to meet villagers interests and market trends.  Sample topics have included:

  • Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • The Why and How of a Business Plan
  • Communicating Leadership
  • Conquering Your Fear of Public Speaking
  • Global Sales Funnel
  • Risk Management

Courses are built to contribute to our villager’s career and professional development, and ultimately their success as an ethical leader and globally-minded professional.

Villagers should visit the Course Registration page for additional information. 

Registration will be available beginning June 1.


To enhance the pallet of learning experiences during the Global Village program, our villagers may elect to visit a local business in lieu of attending a Global Village Course.  Company visits provide our villagers the opportunity to experience many business best practices, operational strategies, company dynamics and much more, first hand.  From start up entrepreneurial ventures, including family-owned companies, to large global organizations, these visits allow our villagers to meet and talk with senior leadership and to learn from the experts who own and manage those businesses. 

Typically three hours in length, a company visit can be chosen in lieu of a classroom course.  For learning purposes, group sizes will typically not exceed 20 villagers plus staff.  During the sessions, our hosts will provide a short history of the company prior to a brief tour and round table discussion with senior leadership.  Typical topics of the round table discussion may include product or service overview, organization mission and vision, purpose and core competencies, local and global initiatives, social responsibility policies, strategic objectives, general operations throughout the company value chain, best practices, and other topics that make the company successful and unique.

Not only do these businesses get to showcase their organization to an international audience, but the company provides our villagers with an unequaled and practical educational experience.


The Business Consulting Project aspect of Global Village represents approximately 22% of the villager’s time in the program. Teams are presented with a genuine business interest or problem faced by a true Business Client. The project demands and deadlines are real, and so are the expectations that the team’s project deliverables will be a success. Starting with basic project management techniques, villagers are taught through total immersion, how to utilize project management tools, leadership skills, teaming abilities and presentation skills.


We believe that learning from ethical and experienced executives is imperative for young leaders.  Through Lehigh University’s significant number of long-standing partnerships with important leaders in business and industry, our villagers have the opportunity to interact with senior leaders. Top level executives from large and small corporations, family-owned businesses and start-up companies provide boundless experience and learning opportunities.

During round table discussions and case study analysis, senior executives explore paths to success, overturned failures, strategic partnerships, negotiation tips and their vision.   Our villagers direct the learning and discussion.  Through asking questions, raising objections, offering alternative points of view such as the  the best practices of the respective nations, learning opportunities grow and are shared.

Panel discussions focus on globalization, leadership, and alumni leadership.


Business persons are being challenged to operate in an increasingly complex, interdependent, and dynamic global environment.   Understanding the business climate, cultural nuances, and acceptable business practices of countries around the world is another cornerstone of the Global Village program and provides the foundation for Global Village Country Presentations.

Global Village participants come to the program prepared to discuss business practices in their home country during Country Presentations.  Villagers present their findings to the entire Global Village in a 7-minute timed presentation. Evaluated by a group of peers, participants receive feedback not only on the content provided, but also on presentation skills and ability to deliver in the allotted time.


Understanding the business climate, cultural nuances, and acceptable business practices of countries around the world is another cornerstone of the Global Village program and provides the foundation for Global Village Country Presentations. However, Global Villagers traditionally have also desired a forum in which to share the non-business culture of their countries- the music, the dress, the dance, the food. While this is accomplished informally all throughout the program, each summer one half of the Village hosts the other half at one of three scheduled “Culture Nights”.

Most Villagers wear their national dress for their Culture Night presentation. Many prepare some food that is very popular in their country and share it with their fellow Villagers. While this is encouraged, it is not mandatory, since this often requires a great deal of time, effort, and money.

During the evening, each country has a 5-7 minute segment to present a song, dance, or game common to their culture. Those activities which invite audience participation are always among the most favored.

Participants are encouraged to bring posters, arts&crafts, small give-aways, and/or sweets from their respective countries to share with their fellow Villagers.


Time is built into the schedule to allow for villager-led "hot topic" sessions. Informal group meetings are arranged by staff and villagers where villagers may introduce a topic for discussion or give the inside story on a skill or hobby in which they have expertise.

Past topics have included Team Building, Stories for Coaching, Best Practices within Business, A Leadership Framework, Africa, Problems or Opportunities?, and other controversials issues for review, dialogue, and understanding.

If you are interested in conducting a session, please complete this FORM.


Included in the five weeks of the program are a day trip to New York City and a multi-day visit to Washington, D.C. where villagers may experience business in these cities.

Recent New York City trips included:

  • AOL
  • PwC
  • Stock Exchange
  • Wall Street
  • Thomson Reuters
  • United Nations

Recent Washington DC trips included:

  • Entrepreneurs Organization
  • Kilpatrick & Townsend
  • MAPA
  • Pentagon
  • Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
  • US Capitol
  • World Bank