The FGL Leadership Training
Administered by the National Outdoor Leadership School

Our 20-day field-based leadership expedition teaches technical outdoor skills in the challenging setting of Wyoming’s Wind River Range. The program is designed to develop Leadership and Long-lasting Bonds among our incoming fellows.

Son, Ibtihal, Taiwo, and Karolina share their experiences during the 2018 Future Global Leaders Expedition.

Fellows build resilience by mastering wilderness skills as they backpack together through rugged terrain in unpredictable weather conditions. Each day presents tremendous physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges. Not only will Fellows hike off-trail, up and down steep terrain, and cross icy rivers, but they will adapt to life without modern commodities while leading an internationally diverse team.

Fellows will leave the expedition with a renewed sense of confidence and competence in skills such as:

  • Self-awareness and Expedition behavior

  • Tolerance for Adversity and Uncertainty

  • Risk Assessment and Decision-Making

  • Communication

  • Vision and Action

The FGL Leadership Expedition is designed for exceptionally courageous future leaders who are willing to expand their physical and mental capabilities. The expedition is the challenge of a lifetime!

Read what our fellows have to say about the Expedition!

The trip has been a truly eye-opening experience and I have bonded and grown immensely with the other fellows. It will push you to your physical and mental limits, and it is under such conditions that strong friendships are forged.
The expedition provided a total transformation of character and self. Intensive team efforts and individual responsibility expanded my leadership capabilities and spurred personal growth in the most spectacular location and with the most exceptional group of people.
The FGL Expedition pushed me farther than I thought would have been possible, and I both literally and metaphorically climbed mountains as I adjusted to a new and at times harsh environment. Being surrounded by fellow change makers with a passion and vision for a more equitable world made each step of the backpacking course feel weightless, no matter how challenging and frankly impossible some segments of the course seemed to be.
I truly loved my time at the FGL Expedition. In my fast-paced life, I finally had time to self-reflect. I found peace, beauty and balance in the Rocky Mountains. I also found 18 people whose drive, faith and deep care for others and their communities inspired and motivated me. I learned how to deal with extreme conditions, how to lead people through uncertainty and struggles, how to turn vulnerability into strength and to trust in my own abilities. I saw the power of gratitude and trust. This time could not be better spend and I am genuinely thankful to FGL for giving me this chance.
The NOLS experience was undoubtedly one of the toughest things I have done in my life. Aside from the evident physical challenges, of which I assure you there are many, it went on to challenge a lot of what I thought possible about myself. There was ample time for self-reflection in these beautiful settings and it truly allowed me to step back and reconsider the things I was taking for granted every single day. As well as this, every day I was able to learn from the inspiring fellows and instructors about their personal experiences, hopes and dreams.