Another WLC for the books!

It Starts Here!

It’s been a few weeks since the 2014 World Leadership Congress wrapped up but the “HOBY Hangover” is likely still plaguing the ambassadors that were part of the 8 day leadership seminar.  For those in attendance, there are now lifelong bonds that tie these ambassadors to each other–  As they continue to grow and navigate the world around them, they will do so with 426 connections from 48 states plus 15 countries.  It’s an amazing tool for each of them.IMG_9897

The WLC is HOBY’s longest running program. The 2014 World Leadership Congress marked the 46 consecutive years of this international program.




There were over 20 speakers including:

  • Suehaila Amem, from TLC’s All-American Muslim
  • Ted Godner, Co-Founder and CEO, MoneyThink and a member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Blair Brettschneider, Founder and Executive Director, GirlForward; 2013 CNN Hero:
  • Nikhil Goyal, Education activist and author; name to Forbes Magazine’s 2013 “30 under 30” list
  • Andrew Hyde, Author, Founder of  Google’s StartUp Weekend, TedX Boulder and Ignite Boulder – 2000 HOBY, OR/WLC Alumni

We even received a special message to Ambassadors from US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan:

Ambassadors participated in the largest Leadership for Service (L4S) project in HOBY history!

It has been a goal of the WLC Leadership Team to conduct a single L4S project, allowing all ambassadors and volunteers to serve side by side and this year that goal was met. With the generous financial support of Walmart, 525 WLC participating students and volunteers travelled to Chicago’s historic Humboldt Park and spent the morning conducting a massive park clean-up. Attracting the attention of several local media outlets:!/blogs/making-a-difference/Leadership-Group-Encourages-Youth-to-Follow-Their-Dreams/268189062






#WLC14 – another remarkable first for HOBY as a result of our WLC Ambassadors and Volunteers; we trended nationally on Twitter four times throughout the week long program. Looking for some inspiration? Check out #WLC14, #ItStartsHere, and #ThinkHOBY and see what our outstanding WLC participants have to say!.



WLC would not be possible without our generous sponsors, loyal staff and most importantly, the 107 selfless VOLUNTEERS that give their time and certainly, their energy to create a magical, life changing event year after year.  To all of them, a collective “THANK YOU”!


The 2015 WLC will be held July 18 – 25, 2015 at Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, IL USA. – See more at:



HOBY’s World Leadership Congress is designed to allow students to discover their own personal leadership potential while becoming responsible and responsive global citizens.

Participating students have the opportunity to engage with thought-leaders in a wide variety of fields. They also participate in hands-on leadership learning and activities in addition to service opportunities throughout the week. After the week long program, students leave inspired and motivated to articulate and accomplish their goals as well as make positive changes in their local and global community.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has placed the WLC on its National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities for 2013-2014.

HOBY strives to provide the WLC leadership development opportunity to as many students as possible. For information about becoming a sponsor of HOBY’s WLC, please call HOBY’s International Department at 818-851-3980.