Philippine Emerging Leaders Initiative

Philippine Emerging Leaders Initiative
  • September 29-30, 2017

  • Manila, Philippines

  • USD 2750 (limited to 30 participants) / Early payment of USD 2350 before June 30

  • Working Professionals in business, government, and international organizations in high-level decision making roles; recommended aged 28 to 45 years old
  • +6014-2275-830 (Viber and WhatsApp)


The Philippine Emerging Leaders Initiative, is an initiative to support sustainable development in the Philippines through capacity building, training, consulting, research, and publication initiatives. The Philippines is at an important crossroads, a fast growing middle-income country with the potential to become a regional powerhouse. Initiatives are needed that will enable the aspiring leaders to:

  • gain a multi-sector perspective of challenges that intersect business, policy, and society
  • gain the skills to create real-world solutions that promote human welfare
  • develop a long-term network of communication, friendship, and understanding among other next generation leaders.
Content Overview

The inaugural program for the Philippine Emerging Leaders Initiative is a two-day training program led by Harvard University Professor Dean Williams, Faculty Chair of the Harvard Kennedy School Global Change Agents Executive Education Program.

  • The program is designed to help delegates exercise leadership as change agents that can cross boundaries and build bridges.
  • Delegates will undergo training and mentorship under Professor Williams, who will employ the “adaptive leadership” framework.
  • This program is aimed at channeling world-leading talent, cutting-edge resources, and exposure to best practices, to emerging Filipino leaders.

“Earth shakers figuratively shake the ground on which we work and live. They stir people to action to address tough problems. They mobilize people to fix what is flawed or broken … The earth shaker is a global change agent.”
– Professor Dean Williams


Through the program, you will:

  • Learn to orchestrate a process of adaptive change and creative problem solving in times of uncertainty
  • Learn methods to develop skills to build a collaborative ecosystem
  • Learn how to manage competing stakeholders and the losses associated with change
  • Learn how to use creativity, power, and authority to mobilize teams
  • Be exposed to real-world problems that impact local dynamics
  • Gain the framework of becoming effective change agents in a dynamic world
Challenges of the Real World

The inaugural program has been developed in response to insights received from practitioners on the ground in the Philippines:


  • to effectively deliberate or communicate on policy positions to a range of stakeholders including media, big business, and the community at large
  • to work effectively with communities with diverse needs and jointly create lasting change


  • to foster meaningful engagement with the workforce and together articulate shared goals and purpose in the organization
  • business to be used as a force for good
  • to shape the business environment and create an effective platform for discourse and reform
  • to institute a culture of professionalism and fast adoption

International Organizations (IO)

  • to address the silos and gaps of communication between business, government, and IO/NPOs in solving challenges
  • to work effectively with multiple stakeholders and bureaucracy.
The Adaptive Leadership Framework

A leadership approach developed at the Harvard Kennedy School and voted by its alumni as the most impactful on their professional lives. Click here for more on the origins of the adaptive leadership framework.

Teaching Faculty

Professor Dean Williams teaches at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and is based at the Center for Public Leadership. He is the author of Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges and Leadership for a Fractured World: How to Cross Boundaries, Build Bridges, and Lead Change.

Dean served as an adviser on reform and development for the governments of Australia, Singapore, Nigeria, Brunei, East Timor and Madagascar, and consulted with numerous corporations worldwide on leadership development and organizational change. One of Williams’ goals, is to bring “full reality” into the classroom and the field of leadership.”

“Dean Williams is an idealist who has set out to embrace the challenges of the real world” – from the article Leadership: Real and Imagined

Samuel Kim is the Co-founder and President of the Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives. Passionate about nurturing and empowering talents in Asia, he has developed programs in over 22 countries to help emerging leaders enhance their leadership competencies to navigate challenges in the 21st century. Samuel aims to engage with youth in all 48 countries in Asia by 2022 and inspire them to enact change in the world. Read more

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