EDGE Program

Fellowships that position future leaders for success

Do you want to join the C-Suite?

Navigating the path to becoming an executive-level leader can be challenging.

C-Suite executives not only need comprehensive business acumen. They also must be agile, resilient, and forward-thinking in order to make wise business decisions in an increasingly complex and volatile world. 

The World Trade Center Institute's prestigious Emerging and Developing Global Executives (EDGE) program helps business leaders get there. It is a unique opportunity for those with at least 10 years of business experience. While most participants are hoping to join the C-Suite, some are already there and want to improve their skills. The cohort meets 10 times over 10 months, starting in September. 

Program at a Glance

Many EDGE participants, called Bowe Fellows, praise the professional benefits; 67% have been promoted after finishing the program. But they also say they benefit personally, often because they end up feeling stronger and more confident about their place in the work world. Bowe fellows:

  • Learn skills related to negotiating, communicating persuasively, acting decisively, being innovative and deepening emotional intelligence
  • Hear directly from business leaders about challenges and opportunities related to global supply chains, the global economy, working with different cultures and more
  • Build long-lasting working relationships with peers and industry leaders through the EDGE Alumni Network 
  • Gain access to WTCI member-only networking events

Learn from the Pros

Learn from the Pros

The EDGE sessions are led by business leaders and other experts from the WTCI network, all who are affiliated with Mid-Atlantic entities that work globally – such as Under Armour, McCormick, Stanley Black & Decker, Northrop Grumman and Abt Associates. See the cadre of speakers from the 2020-2021 program and check out the details about the 2021-2022 program.

Top Reasons to Participate:

  • Position yourself for a higher-level leadership role at your business
  • Be part of a sought-after network of like-minded global business leaders
  • Increase visibility for your business
  • Draw attention to the positive impact of Mid-Atlantic companies, government agencies, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations locally and globally

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EDGE Program

Supercharged Networking and Partnership

The World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) works with globally-minded business leaders every day. But few in our vast ne…

Become a Fellow

Approximately 30 fellows are selected each year. The cost to participate is $10,000; some scholarships are available. Applicants must commit to attending all of the fellowship sessions, have the potential to grow within their business and be willing to be an active participant in the EDGE network.  

This wasn’t something that people sign up for and come and go as they please. It wasn’t a development opportunity that you’re required to do. Everyone was there because they really wanted to be there.” 

 – Shannon Hatmaker of Under Armour, 2021 Bowe Fellow

Program Founder:
Peter Bowe

Peter Bowe is a prominent leader in Maryland with a track record of operating a successful global business. He formerly owned Ellicott Dredges, the world’s leading manufacturer of portable dredging equipment. The company is based in Baltimore, MD and has facilities in four countries. He is passionate about global business, as well as teaching people how to be successful business leaders. He supports that passion through the EDGE program and Peter Bowe and Barbara Stewart Foundation, as well serving as vice chair of the WTCI Board of Directors.

EDGE Program Founder Peter Bowe chatting with Fellow Board Member Tabata Gomez

EDGE Advisory Board

  • Astrid Schmidt-King: vice president of programs and fellowships, WTCI and advisory board chair *
  • Susan Aplin: Co-CEO, WTCI
  • Peter Bowe: retired CEO, Ellicott Dredges
  • Jim Doub: principal, Miles & Stockbridge
  • Tabata Gomez: president of hand tools, accessories and storage, Stanley Black & Decker *
  • Bruce McIndoe: president, McIndoe Risk Advisory
  • James Hayes: vice president of global government affairs, Tenable *
  • Barbara Stewart: founder, Bowe-Steward Foundation
  • Dan Whelan partner, RSM *
  • LaToya Superville: director of supply chain and innovation, McCormick *
  • Tim Purinton: executive director, The Nature Conservancy-MD, DC
  • Peter Stanford: managing director, Cushman & Wakefield

* Bowe Fellow

Need More Info?

For more information about the EDGE program, contact Director of Fellowships Charise Liggins

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