World Leadership Congress

WLC LogoHeld annually in late summer, the HOBY World Leadership Congress (WLC) is an opportunity to interact with youth from all over the United States and the world. All participants from the state HOBY Leadership Seminars are eligible to attend this week-long, intensive, educational program on a first paid, space- available basis.

The WLC program includes coming face-to-face with today’s top leaders in business, government, medicine, education, philanthropy and much more. In addition, the week-long schedule is set in the backdrop of some of the greatest cities in the U.S. WLC students learn to think globally and critically, enhance their leadership skills, and meet students who share a desire to lead and make their schools, communities and countries better places. For more information on the WLC, visit

HOBY’s annual global youth leadership seminar, the World Leadership Congress (WLC) , brings together approximately 400 high school students from around the world for a week-long, intensive educational program. The WLC provides youth with training in leadership skills and capacity building. Students are exposed to a distinguished group of leaders from various sectors in business, government, international affairs, science and technology, medicine, media and education.

The week is divided into educational sessions involving panel discussions with question-and-answer periods, interactive workshops, training exercises, focus groups and individualized trainings. HOBY’s student “ambassadors” leave the WLC more mature individuals, more aware of the world around them, and more empowered to make meaningful contributions to their communities. Perhaps most poignant to HOBY ambassadors are the newfound friendships they make with other students who are just like them from all parts of the world.

Read about the 2013 WLC experience, written by the Utah representatives.