Introducing the WIP Class of 2018


We were delighted to announce our new Class at a special event in Washington DC

WIP names U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue as Honoree

Join us on April 26 in Washington DC as we celebrate the best of Irish food at the Celtic Chefs

WIP honor Nuala McAllister and Norman Houston


At our annual Thanksgiving we awarded Nuala McAllister, Lord Mayor of Belfast and Alumna of the WIP Class of 2010, and Norman Houston, Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau with the ‘Spirit of WIP’ Award.

WIP Voices: Ireland 2040


In late September, the WIP Class of 2017 shared their reflections after a summer of debates in the US on the economy, issues of identity and managing migration.
They were joined by guest panelists from business, government and the arts – and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD (WIP Class of 2000)

Special Guest: Jake Sullivan, senior advisor through the Obama Administration and to Hillary Clinton.

Washington Ireland Program

For more than two decades, engaging emerging leaders across the island of Ireland to overcome divisions of the past and to build a shared future of peace and prosperity for Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Spirit of WIP Awards


Each year at our Thanksgiving Ball, we celebrate the exceptional contribution of an Alum and a community member, awarding them our highest honour – the Spirit of WIP Award.


President Higgins praises the work of WIP

Through their involvement in the Program, these young people have forged enduring bonds of friendship with fellow program participants from other parts of Ireland – parts of the island with which they may not have been familiar and people from communities with whom they may never have previously engaged.

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Spirit of WIP Awards

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Each year we celebrate two individuals – an Alum and an exceptional member of our community – who have demonstrated leadership in line with WIP’s values.  See profiles of those who have received WIP’s highest honor.

Class of 2017


Read about our Class of 2018

30 inspiring leaders from Northern Ireland and Ireland

Thank you to the 380+ students who applied to join our 24thClass.
We look forward to welcoming our new Class to DC in early June.

If the future were a book, would you read it or write it?