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Day 6

November 17, 2017

Our last day in in Spain began with a tour of BBVA and an overview of the Spanish banking industry by Director Gilbert Mateu and Miguel Arroyos. Following this fascinating meeting, the group was treated with a bus tour of the surrounding countryside that included a stop at the Vizcaya Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a lunch of delicious pintxos, a Basque delicacy, the group roamed the streets of Bilbao taking in its fusion of medieval and modern. 


Day 5

November 16, 2017

Welcome to Bilbao and beautiful Basque country! The group began their day with a tour of the ancient city hall of Bilbao. Built in Baroque style, the building has an impressive meeting chamber and Middle-Eastern design elements. For lunch, IBERDROLA hosted the group and discussed the role of IBERDROLA in the USA. Francisco Olarreaga, Yolanda Mayordomo, and Carlos Gasco were present to answer any questions on sustainability, market expansion, and international affairs the group had. Finally, after much anticipation, the Guggenheim Museum offered a private walking tour of their impressive collection. The day ended with a remarkable dinner hosted by the Fundación Consejo and fellow Spanish young leaders. 


Day 4

November 15, 2017

The final day in Madrid began at the prestigious Elcano Royal Institute for International and Strategic Studies. Meeting with Senior Analyst Miguel Otero-Iglesias and Analyst Ilke Toygür, the group discussed Spain’s role in a post-Brexit Europe and future alternatives to the European Union. ACCIONA Director’s Joaquín Mollinedo, José Eugenio Salarich, Elisa Preto, and Pierre Buffet hosted the group for lunch and discussed ACCIONA’s leading role in global renewable energy investment and sustainability. The day ended with a tour of the beautiful campus of IESE Business School and an overview of Spanish digital innovation by Professor Julián Villanueva. The group now heads to Bilbao. Hasta luego Madrid! 


Day 3

November 14, 2017

Day Three of the 2017 Young Leaders Program truly embraced Spanish politics and culture. Beginning with a tour of the beautiful Royal Theatre of Spain and a little operetta, the group next visited the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. Speaking directly to the direct implementers of American policy in Spain, the group learned about life as a Foreign Service Officer and policy nuances. For lunch, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations Borja Lasheras discussed the intersections of the critical relationship between Spain, the States, and the European Union. Next, a fascinating discussion took place at the international law firm of URÍA & MENENDEZ where the group discussed Spanish law and the role of women in the Spanish leagal profession. The evening concluded with traditional Spanish tapas and flamenco dancing. Olé!


Day 2

November 13, 2017

The second day of the 2017 Young Leaders Program began with a fascinating discussion on the current state of Spanish Foreign Affairs with Ambassador Fidel Sendagorta. Ranging in topics from Catalonia to the Russian hacking, the group discussed the different geo-political problems facing the trans-Atlantic alliance. After, the group visited the Cervantes Institute for a discussion with Director Juan Manuel Bonet and a private tour of the Institute’s art collection. Next, the group enjoyed a meeting with Ambassador Manuel Lejarreta and participated in a Welcome Luncheon with the board of the Fundación Consejo España – EE. UU. The day ended with a discussion on Spanish journalism, and in particular the role of women, with leading journalists at El País Newspaper. What a day! 


Day 1

November 12, 2017

The adventure begins! After a great evening of tapas and introductions, the Young Leaders enjoyed an in-depth tour of Museo del Prado. In the group, we have several admirers of Goya, El Greco, and Velazquez! The group next enjoyed the beautiful weather offered by Madrid and explored the city by both foot and bus. Ending at the Plaza del sol, the group admired the ancient beauty of Madrid and continued to learn from one another’s impressive experiences.

Class of 2017

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