2016 Young Leaders Program: End of Program | Day 6

November 18, 2016

The last day of the program included a visit to the graduate business school of the University of Navarra (IESE), an educational institution that has been at the forefront of management education. The institution aims to develop and inspire business leaders to make a positive and lasting impact on the communities they serve. As a part of the visit, Mike Rosenberg, a professor of strategic management, held a discussion with the young leaders who then engaged in a networking opportunity with current students of IESE.

The young leaders ended their trip with a tour through FREIXENET wine cellars and enjoyed a tasting lunch pair with FREIXENET (below.)

2016 Young Leaders Program: Barcelona | Day 5

November 17, 2016

The following day, young leaders continued their trip as they traveled from Madrid to Barcelona on board Spain's leading high speed train. They spent the day acquainting themselves by first attending a brief meet and greet at Barcelona City Hall (above), followed by sharing tapas at Mercado de la Boquería, and ending with a guided tour through the city.

In the evening, they enjoyed dinner at El Mercader de lEixample restaurant (below) where they met with Angie Arrebola, a Senior Legal Associate, Anna Ayuso, a main researcher at the CIDOB think-tank, Alejandro Colldefors, the Head of Institutional Relations at Abertis infrastructures and Marta Noguer, a Senior Economist at Caixa banks. 

2016 Young Leaders Program: International Affairs and Economics | Day 4

November 16, 2016

During the fourth day of the program, the young leaders visited the Elcano Royal Institute (above), a private think-tank committed to analyzing Spanish interests and figures in international affairs. Comparable to the Council on Foreign Relations, met with Elcano staff and discussed international political economy, security and defense in relation to NATO, and a growing movement political shift in Western democracies.

The leaders then visited the BBVA bank (above) where they were welcomed by Eva Piera, the Head of Global Public Affairs, and supporter of our sister organization, Fundación Consejo España-EE.UU. After a tour the newly redone headquarters, Miguel Cardoso, a chief economist, addressed the leaders during a working lunch and discussed the impacts of the 2008 global financial crisis, the growing shared and on-demand economy, and the implications of technology on employees' personal and financial welfare.

The leaders finished the day by visiting the Ministry of Foreign Affaris (above), meeting with the Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs, Ignacio Ybañez. He welcomed the leaders and talked with them about trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, defense and NATO, and education as development. 

2016 Young Leaders Program: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure | Day 3

November 15, 2016

The third day of this year's Young Leaders Program began with a visit to Indra (above), a leading Spanish information technology and defense systems company, at its Cybersecurity Operations Center. After an overview of the scope and reach of Indra's services, the leaders experienced cyber threats first-hand via a phishing exercise that exposed how easily hackers can compromise personal information.

The leaders then visited ACCIONA (above), a premier Spanish leader in the development and management of infrastructure, renewable energy, and water services. They engaged in lively discussion regarding the various infrastructure projects ACCIONA has around the world, followed by a working lunch at company headquarters.

The group then immersed itself in Spanish art and culture by visiting Museo del Prado (above), one of the most important museums in Europe that houses masterpieces from Greco, Velasquez and Goya. The leaders finished the day by indulging in a traditional tapas dinner and flamenco show (below) in the heart of Madrid.

2016 Young Leaders Program: Conversatorios en Casa de América

November 15, 2016

2016 Young Leaders Program: From Foreign Policy to Media | Day 2

November 15, 2016

The second day of this year's Young Leaders Program started with a visit to the U.S. Embassy in Madrid (above), where leaders met with embassy staff from the political, economic and consular sections. There they enjoyed a conversation about how American interests are promoted and collaboration with Spain facilitated through the embassy.

The leaders then visited the European Council on Foreign Relations (above) where they had a lively discussion with Director Borja Lasheras about Spain's changing political landscape. 

Afterwards, the group visited Casa de América (above, left) where they received a warm introduction from Ambassador Manuel Lejarreta, Secretary General of the Fundación Consejo España – EE.UU. While most of the group enjoyed a tour of the historic and beautiful Casa de América, leaders Raúl Vidal and Sen. Aaron Ford (D-NV) were interviewed by Spanish television (above right). After the tour, the leaders enjoyed lunch (below) with Fundación Consejo España – EE.UU. board members.

The leaders ended their day at El País newspaper, which started in 1976 as Spain was beginning its democratic transition. They were joined by Ambassador Manuel Lejarreta in their discussion with newspaper staff (below, left) and leader Raul de Vidal participated in a Facebook Live interview with El País’ international correspondent, Óscar Gutiérrez (below, right).

The first programmatic day of the trip was productive and many relationships with Spanish representatives were formed.

The Start of the 2016 Young Leaders Program | Day 1

November 14, 2016

The U.S. Spain Council kicked off this year's Young Leaders Program with a guided bus and walking tour of Madrid. The group started by visiting famous Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes' statue, which also includes his legendary characters Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

They then visited the Royal Palace of Madrid and Almudena Cathederal before making a quick stop at Sobrino de Botín, a restaurant founded in 1725 and is the oldest, continuously operating restaurant in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records. Our young leaders ended the night exploring Madrid's cafes and plazas while building the foundations for lasting relationships.

Day 5 Young Leaders Program in Spain, April 20, 2012

April 20, 2012

Last night's flamenco dinner show was highly enjoyable, and this morning the Young Leaders visited Abengoa, an impressive solar technology firm in Sevilla. After touring massive solar fields employing tower, parabolic trough and thermal storage technologies, the Leaders received a briefing about Abengoa's aspirations for the U.S. market, which include solar energy fields in Arizona and the Mojavi desert estimated to create thousands of jobs, utilize 85% U.S. parts and foster local research and development. This afternoon the leaders will return to Madrid and prepare for early morning flights back to the U.S. The group is extremely grateful to have gotten access to individuals and experiences that would not have been available to them as tourists, and have benefited immensely from the program and each other's knowledge and experience. We all send a big THANK YOU to the US-Spain Council and Fundacion Consejo Espana- Estados Unidos for making it possible. Hasta luego!

2016 Young Leaders

We are pleased to announce the 2016 YLP will be taking place in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain during the week of November 12th-19th, 2016.


Congratulations to our 2017 class of Young Leaders

Ryan James Evans, DSPolitical

Ruben Gonzales, Victory Institute

Kemp Gouldin, Sakhr Software USA

Christina Grant, The School District of Philadelphia

Marisol León, California Department of Justice

Jasmine Mora Garcia, Airbnb

Roberto Martinez, Braven Agency

Jackie Puente, Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo

Lisa Reijula, Metro Chicago Exports

Andrés Torres, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office 

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