• George W. Bush Institute

    George W. Bush Institute

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Leadership Programming

Program Logistics

WE Lead programming includes travel to the United States for intensive classroom study and site visits that demonstrate practical application of learned concepts. These experiences are aimed at developing foundational leadership skills utilized by successful leaders across multiple sectors and exploring free market principles that generate economic growth needed for widespread prosperity. Additionally, the program features online trainings to supplement in-person learning and experiences.

Throughout the program, participants will engage with inspirational leaders and distinguished experts from the private, public, academic, and nonprofit sectors.

Scholars are mid-career professionals from seven countries: Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia.

Applications Closed - Sign up for Updates

To be considered for this program, all applicants must submit a completed application, including an outline of a Personal Leadership Project that will be started/continued during the program, a copy of your passport photo page, a copy of your visa page for visas if applicable for the United States, an updated resume/CV, and two letters of recommendation.

2020-2021 Schedule

WE Lead programming will begin in August 2020 and conclude in February 2021.
Module 1: Dallas, TX, USA | August 19-September 2, 2020
Module 2: Online | 

Half-day webinars in November/December 2020
Module 3: Washington, D.C. and Dallas, TX, USA

 | February 15-27, 2021

Program Cost

The Bush Institute is committed to ensuring that leaders from around the world can participate in this program at no cost.  Tuition, housing, meals, and travel during the sessions are fully-funded by generous contributions from program partners and funders. 

How To Apply

Applications are open for the 2020 class until January 15, 2020. Learn more and apply. Email leadershipprogram@bushcenter.org with any questions.

WE Lead aims to convene women who possess the following characteristics:

  • Demonstrated leadership and commitment to advancing economic opportunity – Participants are committed to building on their established record of meaningful leadership to advance economic opportunity in their communities and countries and do not see this program as an introductory course on leadership.
  • Socially-minded – Participants are service-oriented and passionate about the actions they take to advance economic opportunity in their communities and countries.
  • Eager to receive feedback – Participants willingly seek, humbly accept, and actively respond to feedback about their performance.
  • Accepting of diverse viewpoints – Participants welcome opportunities to interact with and learn from others with different backgrounds or perspectives.
  • Experienced professionals – Participants are accomplished and have a breadth and depth of professional experience. Though quality is not easily measured in time, the majority of participants have 7+ years of professional experience that is outcome-oriented and are at a point in their careers where their participation will be felt for many years to come.
  • In positions of influence – Participants are expected to take action and make change in their communities or organizations.
  • Committed to the program – The program is rigorous and intense. Over the course of the six-month program, participants are required to commit to approximately 30 days of international travel. To qualify for consideration, applicants must be citizens or legal residents living and working in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, or Tunisia. 
Selection Process

Candidates will be assessed by their application, recommendations, and essays. After review, select candidates will be invited to participate in interviews.



Q: How often will I be required to travel and how many days of work will I miss?
A: WE Lead requires a commitment to attend all program sessions. During the program, participants meet for a two week opening session in Dallas, half-day online sessions, and a two-week closing session in Dallas and Washington, D.C.

Please note that some participants may need to travel the day before a module begins in order to arrive in time for the start of the session. WE Lead is designed so that participants can remain in their jobs while in the program, but we encourage you to discuss the opportunity with your employer and ensure their support for the schedule that is required of accepted participants.

Q: I have a conflict with one of the scheduled module dates. Can I still participate?
A: Participants must take part in all scheduled events in their entirety throughout the duration of the program.


Q: Is there an application fee?
A: No.

Q: What is the cost to attend?
A: The Bush Institute is committed to ensuring that scholars can participate in this program at no cost. Tuition, housing, meals, and travel during the modules are fully-funded, including a stipend that is provided to participants upon arrival, by contributions from program partners and funders.

Q: Are there travel costs that are not covered?
A: Participants’ meals outside of the session (while traveling, before or after the session, etc.) and any personal travel before or after the program are not covered.

Program Details

Q: Can I receive college credit hours?
A: This leadership development program does not qualify for college credit.

Q: Is this an accredited program?
A: This initiative is for leadership development and is not overseen by an accrediting body.

Q: What commitments are expected of alumnae?
A: Alumnae are expected to remain involved in the program through recruiting and mentoring new participants, sharing leadership experiences with new classes, and participating in follow-up interviews and surveys to measure program outcomes. Alumnae will also be encouraged to stay connected with each other and to continue working on their personal leadership projects.

Q: I’m interested in the program, but can’t attend this year. How can I receive information about the program in the future?
A: Email WomensInitiative@Bushcenter.org to sign up for updates.


Q: Are men eligible for this program?
A: No. At this time, the program is tailored specifically to professional women who have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to expanding economic opportunity in their communities and countries.

Q: Is there a minimum or maximum age for participants?
A: Ideal candidates will have 7+ years of professional experience. While there is no minimum or maximum age, participants are expected to be at a point in their careers where their participation in the program will allow them to put new knowledge and skills into practice for many years to come.

Q: Am I eligible to participate if I do not speak English fluently?
A: No. At this time, all aspects of the program are conducted in English, and thus participants are required to be fluent.

Q: If I have less than seven years of experience, can I still apply?
A: Exceptionally well-qualified candidates with less than seven years of experience will be considered for the program.

Q: I live overseas but I’m a citizen of one of the seven eligible countries for this program. Am I still eligible to participate?
A: No. Participants must be working and living in one of the seven eligible countries for this program: Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, or Tunisia.

Q: Is a college degree necessary to qualify for consideration?
A: No, but participants are expected to be at a point in their careers where they have an established record of meaningful leadership.


Q: Can I nominate a participant for consideration?
A: Applications are open to anyone. While nominations are not accepted, please share information of the program with candidates you believe are well-qualified.