International Visitor Leadership Program

More than half of WorldChicago’s yearly visitors come to Chicago through the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Participants nominated by U.S. Embassies — visit multiple cities across the U.S. to build relationships and exchange best practices with their American counterparts in their field or sector. WorldChicago’s goal is for IVLP visitors and the Chicago area non-profit, business, and civic leaders that they engage with to feel enriched and better-connected after meeting.

Sample IVLP topics from the past year include:

  • Animal Rights in China
  • Cyber Policy in Indonesia
  • Empowering Women Journalists in Cameroon
  • Countering Violent Extremism in France
  • Transparency and Accountability in Government from South and Central Asia
  • Entrepreneurship as the Engine of Prosperity and Stability in Latin America
International Visitor Leadership Program meeting at Jones Day Law Firm

Being with the amazing 37 women entrepreneurs from across Africa for three weeks was transformational and inspiring. Interacting with the American entrepreneurs gave us insights to other ways of doing business. My network has grown and we are equipped to succeed.

Ngabaghila, Malawi, African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program Delegate

ILVP Alumni

Since the program’s launch in 1940, more than 200,000 IVLP alumni have engaged with Americans, including more than 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.

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Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority hosts a delegation of the International Visitor Leadership Program

Distinguished IVLP alumni include:

  • Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • Felipe Calderon, former President of Mexico
  • Dilma Rousseff, former President of Brazil
  • Nicolas Sarkozy, former President of France
  • Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India
  • Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • Ma Ying-jeou, former President of Taiwan
IVLP Delegation from Estonia IVLP Delegation from Pakistan
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Learn more about hosting an IVLP delegation at your office for a meeting or in your home for a dinner.

Dinner Hosting
IVLP: Airport and Railway Security Delegation from Ethiopia

International Visitor Leadership Program Experiences

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