Thank you to the corporate sponsors of the Young Leaders program : AIG, the Boston Consulting Group, Footprint>consultants, Lazard


Created in 1981, the Young Leaders program is the flagship program of the French-American Foundation and continues to be central to the Foundation’s success in deepening understanding between France and the United States. Its goal is to bring together young professionals, aged 30 to 40, whose achievements and leadership will enable them to play an important role in their country and in French-American relations.


Every year, twenty up-and-coming French and American figures in government, business, media, military, culture and the non-profit sector, are chosen to become part of the Young Leaders’ community. The selected candidates participate in two five- day seminars over two consecutive years, one in France and the other in the United States, with the purpose of exchanging views on the major issues common to both countries and create long-lasting ties of friendship.

Du 21 au 25 octobre 2015, le groupe des Young Leaders a été reçu par John Hickenlooper, Gouverneur de l’Etat du Colorado. Il a ensuite rencontré l’ancien Maire de Denver Federico Fabian Peña, et des dirigeants économiques (Liberty Media Corporation,The Kitchen Cafe…),

Plusieurs sessions de discussions se sont déroulées sur les thèmes de la compliance, de la cybersécurité, de l’aérospatiale ainsi que sur les questions environnementales, avec des chercheurs et des acteurs de la société civile.

Le groupe a aussi visité les sites culturels de la ville de Denver dont le musée Clyfford Still Art.

The 2014 Young Leaders meetingtook place onOctober 8-12, 2014 in Bordeaux and was hosted by Mayor Alain Juppé, himself a 1981 Young Leader.

The group met with localbusiness and industrial leaders and visited strategic sites of the region, such as the LaserMegajoule. The group also went on board of the Frigate of Freedom l’Hermione. Young Leaders discussion sessions were organized on key topics tackling the economic crisis and the transatlantic cooperation to respond to international geopolitical crises. The distinguished speakers included prominent leaders and former Young Leaders Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel Lucent, and Philippe Manière, Managing Director of Footprint > consultants.

The closing dinner took place in the breathtaking site of the Chateau D’Yquem.