Education & Leadership Training





Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the Genesis Academy for Global Leadership is no longer possible. Educational programs will follow its design framework with the arts thread throughout inter-disciplinary curricula to foster critical thinking and humanism.

The Genesis Peace Hub incorporates a research incubator on creativity and leadership with an array of university partnerships including DePaul and Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, University of Pennsylvania and Stanford Medical School. (University of Chicago is in progress.)

The Genesis Academy Summer Institute

The Genesis Academy Summer Institute which began in 2015 brings together pre-university Chicago students, ages 15-19, to join with others from areas of conflict.

They live and learn together in four curricular areas: heroes and human rights, music and peacebuilding, environmental sustainability and peace journalism. These four programmatic areas will grow into peacebuilding and leadership trainings. The students meet with thought leaders, activists and artists, and participate in an array of experiential learning opportunities and field studies to examine forces that come into play in cycles both perpetuating and dismantling conflict.

With the arts thread throughout the program, students work to explore their individual voice, collective humanity and the daunting issues we all face here in Chicago and as a global community. 

Love the Questions Salon

This multi-segment salon series explores thought-provoking inquiries augmented through art.

How Can Women’s Leadership Critically Shape the 21st Century?

Annual salon since 2019; 2020’s leadership salon to be held in 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is a New Conversation for Human Rights?

In Chicago in 2013, 2014, and in 2015, at the US Institute of Peace (USIP) as well as at American Univ. for students in their Ethics, Peace & Global Affairs Program, School of International Service and Law School. Featured thought leaders from the International Center for Transitional Justice, U. of Illinois, U. of Edinburgh and WBEZ (Chicago’s NPR station).