Global Leadership Academy

The Global Leadership Academy (GLA) is an invitation-only training program hosted by Endocrine Society to bring together emerging leaders from the endocrine research and clinical communities to foster networking and collaboration. Each year, national endocrine societies from around the world nominate exceptional leaders who are 5-10 years post formal training to join this exclusive global cohort of rising leaders. Those nominees accepted into the GLA receive case-based leadership development training to help accelerate their careers and build connections between their local societies and Endocrine Society leaders.

About the Program

Global Leadership Academy - 2019 Mentor Presentation“The GLA brought me together with young professionals with whom I was able to share similar concerns, aspirations and career challenges. It also helped me shape my professional profile, better understand communication at work and better work on developing my network. It was impressive for me how much a single day was able to help me in my daily professional profile.” – Maya Barake, MD, MSc, 2019 Attendee Sponsored by LSEDL

The GLA program is a hybrid workshop comprised of several interactive virtual and in-person trainings. Upon their acceptance into the Academy, participants are expected to attend a full-day leadership training on Friday, March 27, 2020 in San Francisco. Prior to this full-day workshop, participants will be virtually connected with each other in an exclusive online community where they will discuss pre-meeting readings and assignments that will help them build their network as well as prepare them to actively participate in their on-site workshop. Through these assignments and by interacting with our expert faculty, participants can expect to hone skills such as:

  • Building global professional networks
  • Identifying personal leadership styles
  • Utilizing effective communications and negotiations tactics
  • Strategies for promoting their work - what we call “Signature Stories”

Attendees are expected to participate in the formal GLA program as well as stay for the entirety of ENDO. For more examples on skills and trainings participants can expect from the GLA, please see the 2019 workshop agenda here.

Additional Benefits

Global Leadership Academy - 2019 Mentor PresentationThose accepted into the GLA program can expect the following benefits and opportunities:

  • Leadership trainings offered by professional development experts
  • Access to faculty, comprised of respected Endocrine Society leaders
  • Access to an online community prior to attending the GLA program
  • Complimentary ENDO 2020 registration with access to all the clinical and scientific sessions and an invitation to the Presidential Reception at ENDO hosted on March 30, 2020
  • Matched with an “ENDO buddy” – someone who has either attended a previous GLA program and/or ENDO before who can help navigate the annual meeting
  • Invitations to future GLA receptions and/or networking events, hosted at ENDO each year to facilitate networking among GLA cohorts

Nominations and Eligibility

Nominees for the 2020 GLA cohort must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be nominated by a national or regional medical and/or scientific society whose mission and vision positively impacts the field of endocrinology research and patient care;
  • Must be nominated by a national or regional medical and/or scientific society who is willing to sponsor the nominee’s travel expenses (flights, ground transportation, hotel, and per diem);
  • Must be considered a “mid-career” scientist or practitioner (5-10 years post formal training, either clinical or post-doctoral fellowships);
  • Must demonstrate exceptional leadership potential either at their place of work and/or at the society sponsoring their nomination;
  • Must be willing to participate in an online community and complete pre-meeting assignments;
  • Must be willing to travel to San Francisco no later than March 26th in order to attend the March 27th GLA workshop and the ENDO meeting from March 28th – 31st;
  • Preference is given to those nominees who have never attended ENDO.

Global Leadership Academy - 2019 Mentor Presentation“I was honored to be part of the 2019 Global Leadership Academy planning. The program has multiple value in both supporting the career development of outstanding endocrine scientists from around the world and by facilitating global communication networks that will result in improved research and patient outcomes." – Simon Rhodes, BSC, PhD, University of North Florida

Partnering Societies

The Endocrine Society is proud to share that the following organizations have sponsored participants for previous GLA cohorts:


Thank you to Sanofi Peru for sponsoring the inaugural Global Leadership Academy in 2017.

For more information on how to sponsor the GLA, submit a nominee for the 2020 cohort, and/or explore hosting a regional GLA program in your region, please contact Alexa Stout at

2019 Global Leadership Academy Attendees