Emerging & Developing Global Executives Program
The history of Baltimore is intertwined with international trade. As a major port city, Baltimore has always relied on international commerce as a cornerstone of the City’s economy. From Peter’s perch as CEO of a business with significant international sales, however, the city’s international business community appeared fragmented and undervalued. In 2015 Bowe & Stewart partnered with the World Trade Center Institute to develop an innovative year-long program that strengthens Baltimore’s international business community. The mission of the Emerging and Developing Global Executives (EDGE) Program is to cultivate a group of emerging global executives in Baltimore who will ultimately contribute to greater success and growth for the Baltimore region.
The mission of EDGE is to cultivate a group of emerging global executives in Baltimore who will ultimately contribute to greater success and growth for Baltimore area international businesses. In 2015, Bowe and Stewart approached WTCI with the idea of creating a global business leadership program modeled after an existing program offered by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Bowe and Stewart saw a need to enhance Baltimore’s global competitiveness and knew that WTCI would be the right partner to bring this idea to life. In partnership with the Foundation, WTCI began developing the EDGE Program which has become the region’s premier learning opportunity for rising business leaders who want to enhance their understanding of international business.
Each year, emerging leaders from 25 different companies are selected to partake in a range of workshops and events, and meet with internationally-minded leaders from various fields. These interactions and educational components enhance the participants’ global perspective, build their international network, and ultimately help them have a greater impact on the region and their profession.