Gaining Global Leadership Skills While Building Deep Friendships

The Intercultural Leadership Initiative (ILI) is a once in a lifetime opportunity for I-House residents and student staff.  Imagine a room full of young leaders from around the world thinking about how to be a more effective leader in today’s complex and diverse world while sharing openly about their unique stories and cultural backgrounds? This is a part of what is so special about the ILI experience.


The Intercultural Leadership Initiative cohort for fall semester 2014 celebrated graduation with a festive dinner banquet in the Home Room on December 9, 2014. ILI certificates were presented by Hans Giesecke, I-House Executive Director, and Jess Delegencia, ILI Coordinator.

Applications are now under way for the spring 2015 cohort. If you are a resident or student staff at I-House, you are invited to apply. This semester-long, intensive program is designed to help you develop your skills in intercultural effectiveness and transformative leadership in today’s increasingly globalized world. Participants will also develop deep relationships with fellow cohort members.

If admitted to the program, participants will gain training and/or experiences in the numerous topics, including intercultural effectiveness, leadership development, and public speaking and presentation skills. In addition to the valuable experiences and skills gained upon completion of the program, students will earn an official Certificate in Intercultural Leadership from CIL and I-House.

Meetings will be Wednesdays, 6:45-9 pm, starting February 4. Limited spots are available. For more info and to apply, please go to:

Applications are due Friday, January 30, by 5 pm.

Questions? Contact Jess Delegencia:

Click here to view more photos from the evening.

About Jess Delegencia

Jess Delegencia (MA, MDiv) is the Instructor and Coordinator for the Intercultural Leadership Initiative certificate program at I-House. He is an Intercultural Training Specialist for the Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) and an Adjunct Faculty at the Pacific School of Religion. After graduating from UC Berkeley as an international student, Jess earned a Masters in Divinity in Berkeley, CA and a Masters in International Development in Cape Town, South Africa. He is also a PhD candidate in Organizational Leadership. With over 20 years experience in organizational leadership and intercultural training, Jess is passionate about developing transformational global leaders. He has done work in the Philippines, Mexico, Ecuador, Thailand, Bangladesh, Cambodia and India, with a particular concern for poverty alleviation, restorative justice and Philippine affairs. He loves to travel, discover good music, and always dreams of escaping to a tropical beach with lots of coconut trees.
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