World Leadership Congress



The 2023 World Leadership Congress details are being finalized and will be shared here very soon!

Since 1968, the HOBY World Leadership Congress (WLC) has empowered students around the world to broaden their perspective and begin to see themselves as part of something larger—the global community we all share. As the global aspect of HOBY’s Pathway to Leadership, the WLC is a weeklong program designed to empower rising junior and senior high school students to become more confident and mature leaders and active global citizens.

Hundreds of students from every state and up to 15 countries participate in the annual World Leadership Congress. Rising high school juniors and seniors from around the United States gather with students from Argentina, Canada, China, France, Germany, Iraq, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, Turkey, Uganda to develop their leadership skills and tackle some of the most challenging issues in the world today as identified in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. When students complete the WLC, they are equipped with the skills and tools they need to identify and achieve their goals. If you’re a high school student with a passion of leadership, global issues and community service, the World Leadership Congress is for you.

Attending the World Leadership Congress is a life-changing experience. Both virtual and the in-person WLC Ambassadors will:

  • Interact with global leaders through keynote speeches, presentations, and mentor meetings
  • Explore and exercise their leadership skills through interactive workshops and activities
  • Experience international diversity through mixed-culture student groups, global snapshots and international presentations
  • Build life-long relationships with other students and establish a global network of young people ready to make a positive impact on the world
  • Build their confidence through hands-on leadership development and experiential learning
  • Have the opportunity to earn college credit
  • Please be sure to read our FAQ to learn more about participating in this year’s World Leadership Congress

Click here to find out more about WLC!