Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Workshop
GMF convened the fourth Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders workshop March 18-22 in Brussels, in tandem with the Young Professionals Summit at Brussels Forum. The Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network (TILN) is a growing body of young diverse elected and civil society leaders from across Europe and the U.S. This year, 22 young leaders joined this growing GMF network committed to diverse representation in leadership and inclusive policy making.
A highlight, on the eve of the International Day Against Racism the TILN young leaders met together with high level diverse decision makers in a focus group to lay the groundwork for an informal, ongoing transatlantic minority political leaders' caucus.
In the young leaders group, such rising U.S. talent as Representative Ponka We Victors of the Kansas State House of Representatives and Carlos Menchaca, New York City Council Member, and such rising European talent as City Council Member Mpanzu Bamenga of Eindhoven, Netherlands, Councillor Phil Rosenberg of West Hampstead, UK, and Farhia Bashir Nur, City Council Member in Stavanger City, Norway, shared perspectives and best practices.
Increasingly our societies are dealing with policy issues around diverse populations that are critical to the long term stability of our democracies. This is the guiding principle for the inclusive leadership work underway in the GMF's Office of Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives. The TILN program is carried out in cooperation with such partners as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, Meridiam, IMPACT, Operation Black Vote, New American Leaders Project, Balkan Trust for Democracy, Open Society Foundation, True Blue Inclusion, World Jewish Congress, ONCE Foundation and UNITAS.