Bowe Fellowship

Position global executives 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 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.

Apply to be 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 (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. 

Fellowship at a Glance

Many Bowe fellows praise the professional benefits of participating in the Bowe Fellowship; 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:

  • 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 Bowe Fellowship Alumni Network 
  • Gain access to WTCI member-only networking events

Learn from the Pros

Learn from the Pros

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.

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

Bowe Fellowships 2023 Montage

Faces of WTCI

Supercharged Networking and Partnership

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.

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

Fellowship Founders:
Peter Bowe & Barbara Stewart

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.


Bowe Fellowship Advisory Board

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Need More Info?

For more information about the Bowe Fellowship, view our Bowe Fellowship Info pack or contact Vice President of Global Engagement and Fellowships Nina Bankova.

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