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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 Bowe Fellowship helps people with at least 10 years of business experience get there. It is a unique opportunity for those hoping to join the C-Suite and others who are already there but want to improve their skills. The fellows participate in our program, which meets once a month for ten months.
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 (which start in September), have the potential to grow within their business, and be willing to be active participants in the Bowe Fellowship Alumni Network.
Many Bowe fellows praise the professional benefits of participating in the EDGE program; 84% 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:
The program 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 a recent program and check out the details about the current program.
A tumultuous youth taught him the value of foreign aid and put him on a path to helping others. Today, the networking superstar calls Maryland home and is always looking for partnerships for Catholic Relief Services and to build his personal network, making him a perfect fit for the Bowe Fellowship.
– Shannon Hatmaker of Under Armour, 2021 Bowe Fellow
Peter Bowe and Barbara Stewart are entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and innovators. They are both prominent leaders and passionate about creating stronger communities and driving the
conversations among international business leaders in the mid-Atlantic.
Peter Bowe is the retired CEO of Baltimore-based Ellicott Dredges, the world’s leading manufacturer of portable dredging equipment. Among other leadership and community engagement roles, Peter served as vice chair of the WTCI Board of Directors for five years.
Barbara Stewart spans a leadership career in local and federal government as well as the private sector. She was the CEO of AmeriCorps from 2018-2021 and for over a decade before that served as a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase.
In 2010, Barbara and Peter co-founded the Bowe-Stewart Foundation with a focus on strengthening civic education and engagement and closing the opportunity gap for urban residents of Baltimore, MD and Chicago, IL.
VP of Global Engagement & Fellowships
World Trade Center Institute
Since 2006, Nina has worked with funders, participants, and local professional resources and community organizations across the United States to create high-impact interactions for foreign and domestic audiences. She is driven by the transformational power of citizen diplomacy that leads to stronger international ties between people and nations.
Before coming to WTCI in December 2022, Nina led the transition of the federal awards portfolio of Graduate School USA’s International Institute to American Councils for International Education. This involved integrating all programs, processes, and systems with the new organization. She also managed all aspects of grant capturing and administration for the organization. And she built collaborative relationships with program partners and domestic and international stakeholders.
Prior to that, Nina shepherded the Graduate School USA’s International Institute, where she also led a cross-departmental effort to bridge the activities of domestic workforce development training with global engagement programs and initiatives.
Nina’s career in global exchanges started at WTCI in 2006,. Under her leadership, the footprint of the exchange programs in Maryland broadened and deepened through attracting and managing new local and international professional exchange initiatives, academic enhancement programs, and international business networking receptions.
Nina holds a master’s degree in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Towson University. She started her higher education at the American University in Bulgaria, where she studied economics and political science. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute and holds a certificate in International NGO Management through Cornell University.
Fun fact: Nina is an avid supporter of heritage language learning and volunteers as the executive director of the Bulgarian Cultural Center of Baltimore.
Bowe Stewart Foundation;
CEO (retired), Ellicott Dredges
As CEO of Ellicott Dredges, Bowe helped the company grow from one facility to five, in four countries, and selling in over 50. To achieve this, his team leveraged Ellicott’s reputation, starting with having built all the dredges used in the original construction of the Panama Canal, along with multiple acquisitions of complementary dredge brands serving different market sectors. For private sector work he was selected as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and SmartCEO Magazine CEO of the Year for Baltimore.
He has served on both for-profit boards and not-for-profit boards. He and his wife Barbara Stewart founded the Peter Bowe and Barbara Stewart Foundation which funds organizations that work to strengthen civic education and to close the opportunity gap. The Foundations primary focus is increasing understanding and appreciation of our American civic heritage. He also founded the WTCI Bowe Fellowship.
Peter received his undergraduate degree from Yale College and his MBA from Harvard University.
Miles & Stockbridge
Principal of Partners Success *
Director, Business Analytics for the Americas, Supply Chain*
Arctan Networks, LLC
Bowe Stewart Foundation; Former CEO, AmeriCorps
VP of Global Government Affairs *
Director of Global Risk Compliance & ERM*
Catholic Relief Services
McIndoe Risk Advisory
Senior Managing Director
Cushman and Wakefield
Over his 28-year career, Peter Stanford has developed deep expertise with Occupier clients by leading Global Occupier Services teams delivering transaction and portfolio advisory services for clients across Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and and Latin and South America. He also has experience as a managing principal and director of asset services in the Baltimore region. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and earned a masters in business administration degree from The George Washington University.
National Business & Professional Services Leader *
Dan Whelan has more than 30 years of experience advising globally- active companies in risk and financial management. He is also a risk advisory services partner with RSM and a member of their national risk consulting practice. He has extensive experience in delivering Sarbanes-Oxley consulting services for public companies, risk-based assessments of key controls, optimization and on-going quarterly testing and sustainability. He has also piloted an international Sarbanes-Oxley engagement for a $2 billion optical network solutions company with locations in over 50 countries around the world.
Chief of Staff, Director - Global Experience*
Stanley Black & Decker
* Bowe Fellow
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