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Alumni Leadership Academy – Washington DC


Summer 2023 Alumni Leadership Academy
July 10-14, 2023
American University, Washington, D.C.

Deadline to apply – May 17, 2023

“Leadership and Economics” is an extension of our Economics for Leaders (EFL), Economic Forces in American History (EFAH), Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy (EGE), and Environment & the Economy (E&E) programs. The Alumni Leadership Academy expands the economic reasoning skills learned in these programs through four days of activities and projects in the same interactive style that FTE alumni will recognize. Participants are challenged to take their FTE experience to the next level by applying the economic reasoning propositions to historical analysis and leadership dilemmas. Topics explored include history, government policy and budgeting, leadership and economics.

During the week, instructors will explore the opportunity cost of leadership through lectures, discussions, and field trips. Students will be introduced to public choice theory as a framework to help understand elected officials decision making and field trips will provide an experiential component to reinforce classroom lessons. In 2023, field trips may include taking part in either an official executive or legislative branch briefing, visits to national museums and monuments. Visits to congressional hearings are also possible should they be in session.

In addition to the advanced economic and leadership activities, students have the opportunity to visit some of Washington, DC’s great attractions as well as hear from FTE alumni living and working in DC. Participants will stay at American University, arriving Monday afternoon and departing Friday morning.

There is a $1,000 program fee that covers tuition and room and board at American University. Participants are also responsible for travel to and from the program site and spending money.

This program is open to EFL, EFAH, EGE, and E&E student participant alumni. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.