111 Research Drive; 610-758-6723
Kira Mendez, Director, Iacocca Institute; Trisha Alexy, Curriculum Director, Iacocca Global Village; Mary Frances Schurtz-Leon, Candidate Manager, Iacocca Global Village; Diana Q. Shepherd, Director, Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive.
The Iacocca Institute creates transformative experiences that challenge, develop and empower the next generation of global leaders. Its programs are immersive, highly diverse, cross-cultural, and experiential. The Institute collaborates with others to bring the impact of these experiences to young leaders throughout the Lehigh community and across the globe. Over the years, the Institute has built an extensive global network of university and industry partners, and its alumni network spans more than 140 countries.
Current Iacocca Institute programs include:
Iacocca Global Village for Future Leaders® (GV)
The Iacocca Global Village engages advanced university students and young professionals from around the globe in an immersive intercultural learning experience that improves participants’ leadership and entrepreneurship skills and demonstrates the positive impact of culture and diversity in an organizational setting and the power of international networks. During the five-week summer program, Villagers learn about ethical leadership and trends in business and industry. They live together, work together on consulting projects, and participate in leadership development and culture-sharing experiences. The program strives for extreme diversity—75 to 90 participants from 35-45 countries, including the U.S.—to maximize learning. Now in its 22nd year, the Global Village has more than 2100 alumni from 139 countries who represent a vibrant and connected network, and many GV alumni continue to serve the program as mentors, experts, and clients throughout their careers. Each year, the Institute is able to accept a modest number of highly qualified current Lehigh undergraduate and graduate students into the Global Village program. Lehigh University alumni are also encouraged to apply.
Iacocca Global Village on the Move (GVOTM)
Created in collaboration with the Institute’s network of global university and organizational partners, Global Village on the Move (GVOTM) programs are customized 7-10 day programs that provide immersive leadership and cultural experiences, tailored to regional themes, for local and global professionals, including Institute and Lehigh alumni. The Institute has worked with partners in Peru, Spain, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Italy, China, Russia, and India to deliver GVOTM programs in 10 cities on four continents over the past 17 years.
Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive (formerly PA School for Global Entrepreneurship)
Now in its 18th year, the Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive (IGEI) brings top U.S. and international high school students together for a four-week residential intensive global leadership and entrepreneurship learning experience. This summer program focuses on challenging students as they develop greater cultural awareness and leadership skills and learn business practices with other students, faculty, and entrepreneurs. To date, IGEI participants have included over 1161 students from 64 countries and 19 states. During summer 2018, in addition to the core four-week program on the Lehigh campus, the Institute is offering a two-week IGEI San Francisco-Silicon Valley for high school students at the Lehigh@NasdaqCenter, a unique setting resulting from a partnership between Lehigh University and the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center. This special IGEI program allows students to build entrepreneurship and leadership skills while experiencing the unique entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley.
Additional custom programs and partnership opportunities
The Institute regularly develops customized experiences and hosts other intensive leadership programs that align with its mission. For example, in summer 2017, the Institute hosted 25 professionals from sub-Saharan Africa for a Mandela Washington Fellowship Institute, a program of the U.S. Department of State. In summer 2018, the Institute will host a group of 25-30 high-school students from Osaka Japan for a one-week business and entrepreneurship intensive residential experience.
The Iacocca Institute was established in 1988 in partnership with Lehigh alumnus and automotive icon Lee A. Iacocca ‘45, former chairman and chief executive officer, Chrysler Corporation.
For more information, contact Kira Mendez, Director, Iacocca Institute®, Iacocca Hall, Lehigh University, 111 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015.