Each year, VGL selects 20-30 talented student veterans for its 12-month fellowship program. The start of the 12-month fellowship program begins with the 4-Day Flagship Summit is hosted at Georgetown University at the McDonough School of Business. These 4-days are an intensive array of workshops, roundtables and speaking engagements spearheaded by former U.S. Cabinet Secretaries, University Presidents, Flag Level Officers, President’s of Think Tanks and private industry experts. The evenings are set aside for private networking events.


1. Setting the conditions for success

We create an annual plan to recruit mentors with a passion for their positions, with broad networks, and who are adept at providing constructive criticism and translating military service skills and values into relevant workforce framing and parlance.  We identify and recruit high-quality, proven mentors to ensure that each fellow has the right mentor to maximize their success. 

2. What gets measured gets managed

Prior to the beginning of the academic year we provide over-arching guidance on the value of the mentorship program and how to make best use of it.  We provide resources for fellows to develop their mentorship plans which will guide their interaction with their mentor, and guidance on how to take advantage of all of VGL’s resources.


3. Ongoing Support and Coordination

Mentors and fellows will jointly finalize the fellow's mentorship plans and engage in an ongoing basis to achieve as many of the fellow’s goals as possible in 12 months. This is a living document and we expect the plan to evolve as fellows decide how they want to add the most value to our nation.

4. Evaluate results and maintain connectivity

Upon completion of the fellowship, we survey our fellows and mentors to evaluate their experiences in the program, matched against their expectations at the start of the fellowship cycle. We engage with each fellow and mentor to maintain continuity across fellowship classes and increase the impact of the VGL network.


Fellows are able to participate in our Leadership Seminar Series throughout the year. These are usually a breakfast our lunch in NYC or DC with senior thought leaders. The Leadership Seminar Series hav featured Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) Leadership Seminar with retired General David Petraeus, Hakluyt Leadership Seminar with former CIA Director John Brennan, and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Leadership Seminar with former White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough.

Michael Hayden | David Petreaus | John Brennan | Dennis McDonough


Our organization continues to bring together prominent and diverse stakeholders for cross-collaboration, partnerships and diversified promotion. Our panels and events have been hosted at Forbes, Center for a New American Security, Atlantic Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Columbia University, New York University, Fordham Law School and George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs. Check out our events page for upcoming events.


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Veterans in Global Leadership provides specific support for specialized issues that female fellows navigate in their academic and professional lives. The program includes monthly calls with the current female fellows, and other professional and development support.