Georgetown and Berlitz International Partner to Create Global Leadership Program

March 29, 2010

Participants to Study Business, Communication, and Culture in Four Countries

Washington, D.C. – Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and cultural and language learning leader Berlitz International have partnered to create an innovative executive program that integrates business acumen, communication skills, and cultural competency to accelerate development of the next generation of global leaders.

“We are pleased to team up with Berlitz International to create a truly innovative, global educational experience that combines our faculty’s expertise in the areas of international business, diplomacy, and leadership with Berlitz’s knowledge of language and cultural education,” said Gordon Swartz, associate dean for executive education at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.

As part of the program, participants will study under experienced professors from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business in London, Shanghai, Bangalore, and Washington, D.C., allowing executives to gain first-hand perspectives and insights specific to each business hub. Themes and content are tied directly to each program location.

Outside of the classroom, students will participate in webinars and roundtables with seasoned business executives, senior government officials, diplomats, and prominent journalists. Site visits also will allow participants to experience the culture and establish on-the-ground networks in each country. The program develops savvy leaders with a global mindset who can influence, persuade, and consistently succeed in economic, social, technological, and culturally diverse environments.

Each participant will develop a personal strategic action plan, approved by executives within their company to ensure the challenges they will focus on are relevant and return value to their organization. An executive coach will be assigned to and work with each participant before and during the program.

The program is open to senior executives with 10 or more years of professional experience. Designed to meet the schedules and goals of these executives, the Global Leaders Program is delivered in four one-week modules over eight months:

• Module 1: Global Market Dynamics: Global Economics; July 4-9, London
• Module 2: Global Industry Dynamics: Supply Chain Management; Aug. 16-20, Shanghai
• Module 3: Global Enterprise Dynamics: Information Technology; Oct. 4-8, Bangalore
• Module 4: Global Leadership Dynamics: Becoming a Global Leader; Nov. 29 – Dec. 3, Washington, D.C.

Before the first module, participants will receive optional training online in communication and presentation skills and take Berlitz’s proprietary Cultural Orientations Indicator, a statistically validated online cultural assessment that measures their work style preferences to understand and leverage cultural diversity when working with others around the world.

For more information about the Global Leaders Program, including enrollment, contact Katie Wiesel, director of program development for the Executive Education Program at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, at (202) 687-1362 or

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit

About Berlitz Languages, Inc.
Founded by Maximilian D. Berlitz in 1878, Berlitz International, Inc. is the world’s premier provider of premium language and cultural services. Merging more than 130 years of innovation in language services with the latest in technological advancements, Berlitz provides state-of-the-art language training, cultural consulting programs, and proficiency assessment and testing services. Berlitz has over 500 locations in 70 countries, including more than 55 locations in the U.S., and delivers live online programs via the Internet through Berlitz Virtual Classroom. Berlitz has the resources through this extensive network to accommodate the needs of businesses and organizations from one-on-one training to enterprise-wide programs. In addition, Berlitz helps the world communicate through a wide variety of consumer program offerings for adults and children and teens. For more information on Berlitz programs and services visit