Global Leadership Connection

Audrey Murphy ‘20 shares her experience of going to Washington, D.C. and being submersed in a leadership experience provided by the Global Leadership Connection.


Amara Murphy

Global Leadership Connection is an organization dedicated to putting youth leaders in a positive spotlight. The GLC Leadership Experience is an all-expense-paid trip for the top 2-6 leaders from each area program. Connecting leaders from different GLC Programs, they encourage discussions on leadership development, social involvement and how to make our world a better, more positive environment. This year senior Audrey Murphy was one of the nominees from Santa Barbara honored with this experience. We caught up with Audrey to talk about her experience in Washington, D.C.

Can you tell us a bit about your experiences preparing for the GLC?
We were asked to write two essays, one longer and one short- provide a resume. I knew to go in that we were going to but other than that I didn’t overly prepare for any.

Can you talk about one of the leadership seminars/speeches?

Although most of the speeches were really quite interesting,
my favorite was the DP Counselor who spoke about people in his life that had influenced him.
The man he ended up speaking about was my neighbor growing up and one of my best friend’s grandfather.
The Dos Pueblos counselor was my interviewer, so we were able to talk about how cool this guy was and our experiences with him.

What the interviewing process like?

The interviewers mostly just ask about who you are and what you’re all about. There’s no right or wrong answer. I actually got into a really interesting conversation with my interviewer as a result of my answers to his questions. They were simple ones, like “Who is your biggest role model”, but if your answer is genuine to who you are, then you’re good to go.

Why would you recommend the GLC to our current juniors?

Yes! It’s a great experience, and I learned a lot from the conference, but especially the trip.
It’s worth trying during the conference for the chance of spending time with kids from around
the country in Washington, D.C. Carole Harder, the woman who founded th

What were some of the highlights of the trip?

The kids that were on the trip were definitely the highlight. They were all just genuinely cool people who were interested
in what was happening in the world. We were able to sit down with very prominent people in Washington, D.C. and you could tell that they wanted to sit and talk with us. We also got to explore the monuments at night which was beautiful and really fun.