Lead with Purpose 2023

Washington, D.C.
JANUARY 9-19, 2023
George Washington University

Preferred registration: December 16, 2022 (other applicants will be considered on a need basis until the beginning of the program)

Why should you register for Lead with Purpose?

The answer is simple yet powerful: when it comes to leadership, this program combines professional concepts and approaches with a pragmatic focus, with real implementation. The Osgood Center has designed intentionally a multidisciplinary learning experience and reunited speakers who have served in relevant positions in government, the private sector, and the non-profit context and who have embraced leadership in multiple forms.

Lead with Purpose 2023

This program is for you because it will empower you to be a more effective leader. The Osgood Center invites you to join our in-person and virtual leadership program. An increasingly changing context demands us to reimage the roles to deliver results and to lead with purpose. What are our responses to opportunities and threats for leadership today? We will explore questions like this together in the daily sessions for two weeks.

Lead with Purpose 2023

In Lead with Purpose, participants like you will explore strategies, skills, and principles to gain the support of colleagues and to manage the natural resistance to change found in organizations. Being a leader requires active listening. Leadership demands engaging others and sharing a vision. With this in mind, we bring outstanding speakers with diverse experiences to share their stories while they seized the opportunities to lead. Whether you listen to a human resources manager from Boeing Company, you interact with a pastor reflecting on Martin Luther King’s legacy on leadership, or you engage in a dialogue with an expert on private-public partnerships, you will have the opportunity to evaluate the job of a leader as a personal and contextualized project.

Lead with Purpose 2023We encourage you to join the program to discover what it takes to be a successful team player and to improve your leadership skill set with the Lead with Purpose program, an immersive and interactive learning designed to help you understand leadership theories and their practical applications. The program is open to students from various fields, college levels, and interests. We keep the program size reasonable. The advantage of our program size? You are warmly welcomed. You are heard. You are in a personalized space.

Engage in purposeful reflection. Join your program buddies to define your own leadership philosophy in a culminating student-led panel.Lead with Purpose 2023

You can also benefit from the additional events that are part of the program. You will be in D.C. and close to everything. Hop the metro and, in less than an hour, you are downtown. Walk across Lafayette Square, the White House with our guidance. Just to cite a few, past site visits in the program also included the Capitol Hill Visitors Center, the Library of Congress, visits with alumni to their places of work, Smithsonian museums, the Supreme Court, and the Embassy Row. Also, some groups have undertaken community service activities during the program. In other words, one of the best things of Lead with Purpose is the engagement just around the corner.

Program Schedule

See the Program Schedule to get a greater idea of this learning opportunity.

What are the next steps?

Registering for Lead with Purpose is straightforward and easy. To register you will need:

The Osgood Center for International Studies
1629 K St, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20006
Phone (301) 704-5538


Reservations (via email) from institutions will be accepted until spaces are filled. The deadline for applications is December 16, 2022, but registrations may still be accepted if space is available. We encourage early applications and early invoicing.

Payment in full is required by December 30, 2022, unless other arrangements are made. No refunds are available for any reason after January 6, 2023. To avoid disappointment due to illness, inclement weather, change of plans, etc., we encourage participants to consider travel insurance.


To pay by check or money order, please send your payment to:

Osgood Center for International Studies
1629 K. St, NW,Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20006

Make a payment with PayPal: @swilliams@osgoodcenter.org
Or, Venmo account: @Shelton-Williams-11


Dr. Shelton Williams of the Osgood Center has been leading academic seminar programs since the 1980s. Thus, Osgood’s contacts and familiarity with procedures and protocols serve as an invaluable resource for those attending this program and help ensure that Washington’s resources become fully accessible to those with diverse interests.


The Osgood Center is a non-profit educational organization that offers short-term experiential learning programs for college students in the U.S. and around the globe.

At the Osgood Center, our mission is to advance understanding of public affairs and contemporary international and domestic issues. We positively affect the lives of our participants and prepare them to be better global citizens through quality educational experiences that emphasize short-term active engagement and experiential learning programs such as academic seminars and internships. Our vision is a generation of young people who strive to understand public policy issues and work to find creative solutions to global problems. We are known for the personal attention we provide our program participants and for the customized instructional model that we utilize to help them achieve their academic and career goals. We welcome college students and recent graduates in all major fields.