The LEAD Colloquium
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Explore Your Potential

Your time with The Washington Center is about more than professional and academic success. You’ll also become a well-informed citizen and engaged leader through the LEAD Colloquium activities listed below. Each Friday, you’ll be immersed in the energetic culture of Washington, D.C. and participate in programming that will challenge your perspective.


LEAD Small Groups

You’ll meet with your LEAD instructor to explore potential career paths and discuss professional development with your peers. Because your LEAD small group will include students from different backgrounds, majors and geographic locations, you’ll have the opportunity to gain new insights from one another throughout the program.


Professional Tracks

Along with other students who share your professional interests, you’ll gather for panel discussions, networking events and site visits that will introduce you to the people and organizations advancing your field in D.C. You’ll also have the chance to learn about current issues and make connections that will help you in the future.

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Speaker Series

As part of the Alan K. Simpson–Norman Y. Mineta Leaders Series, you’ll hear the perspectives of distinguished leaders from the business, nonprofit, media, government and diplomatic fields and have the chance to engage with them through Q&A sessions. Past conversations have focused on homeland security, race in America and the debate over gun control.

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Civic Engagement

Through TWC, you’ll have the opportunity to explore topics of social concern, identify ways you can make a difference and put your knowledge into action. You can volunteer your time with an organization of your choice and participate in workshops on political and social engagement. You’ll also have the chance to interact with members of Congress, lobbyists or think tank leaders and gain an insider’s view of how public policy works.


Career Development

You’ll be able to choose from a variety of sessions designed to help you stand out as a candidate for future employment. From tips on interviewing and navigating the graduate or law school application process, to strategies for effective public speaking and improving your LinkedIn profile, you’ll leave equipped with the tools needed to succeed in your future career.


Personalized Planning

You can meet one-on-one with a TWC staff member and map out a plan to maximize your time in the nation’s capital. Whether you want to explore different career options, find professional connections in your field, polish up your résumé or ask advice about your next steps, you’ll have access to our trained staff.

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