The Carnegie New Leaders Program (CNL) provides enrichment opportunities for the next generation of leaders who are interested in exploring the ethical dimensions of issues relating to business, foreign policy, and economic development.

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The mission of the CNL program is to cultivate the next generation of ethical global leaders in business, academia, government, and the non-profit sector. Through Carnegie Council's public programming, exclusive social gatherings, and special events featuring prominent speakers, CNL gives young professionals the chance to connect with like-minded individuals from diverse sectors and backgrounds and to learn from a wide variety of experts. Past programs have included private briefings at US Military Academy (West Point), Google, the United Nations, Blackrock, and the Pentagon. The group has also hosted dinners with senior representatives from the FBI, ACLU, and the tech sector—as well as with renowned authors.

The CNL program operates from September 1 to August 31 and offers membership categories tailored to suit all geographies. Applications are accepted all year on a rolling basis. After a brief review process, applicants will be notified of their acceptance status. Candidates are typically 25 to 45 years old and selected based on the following criteria: 

  • Demonstrated interest/fluency in international affairs
  • Demonstrated academic and/or professional excellence
  • Demonstrated leadership

Membership Categories

Carnegie New Leader  – For candidates residing in the New York metropolitan area. Annual Membership is $200.

Carnegie New Leader Network Member – For candidates not living in the New York metropolitan area. Network Members are welcome to attend CNL events and various other Carnegie Council programs when visiting New York. This membership allows participation in CNL from a distance. Annual Membership is $100.

Carnegie New Leader, Washington DC Member  For candidates living in the Washington DC metropolitan area. DC Members enjoy the same benefits as Network Members, plus additional monthly programs and events organized by the chapter leadership. Annual membership is $100.

All CNL members will receive the following benefits:

  • Participation in exclusive CNL site visits, dinners, briefings, and social events
  • Exceptional networking within the CNL community and related organizations
  • Free admission to public events hosted by Carnegie Council
  • Online publishing opportunities and the potential to be featured on Carnegie Council podcasts
  • Subscription to Carnegie Council's monthly eNewsletter
  • Connection to Carnegie Council's Global Ethics Network

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