Watson Institute at UFM Career Accelerator

Empowering entrepreneurial leaders to accelerate their careers and lead lives of consequence, purpose, and impact.

Deadline to apply is May 1, 2021


Accelerate your career, lead a life of impact.

Watson Institute at Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) is a 6-week program taking place from May 31 to July 2, 2021. The program accelerates the careers of entrepreneurial leaders through rigorous training in the skills required for success in the future of work, intensive mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs and professionals, internships with leading organizations, and a community of peers that will protect their courage. Current students of UFM are eligible to receive a minor for completing the program.

The program is tailored for university students and young professionals from across the Americas and world who desire to identify their purpose, learn and practice new skills, and grow their network to accelerate an impactful, successful career.


Courses and workshops focused on entrepreneurship, leadership, and hard skills that put theory to practice.


Every student works with mentors that align with their passions, challenge their assumptions, contribute valuable perspective, and expand their network, vision, and sense of purpose.


Students join a diverse, global cohort with a variety of experiences and a common goal to impact the world.

Hands-on and interactive courses

The rigorous Watson Institute curriculum is geared to prepare students with the skills and experience to design and lead impactful, successful careers. This one-of-a-kind program can be completed during one six-week intensive session.

Below you will find an overview of the courses that students complete during the program:

Design your Life
This course, based off of the book Design your Life, by Stanford professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, uses design thinking to address the complicated nature of designing the life and career you want. We will practice and employ design thinking tools, real world challenges, frameworks, mentors and peers to work through these topics.

Impact Gap Canvas
Inspired by the work of Daniela Papi Thornton at Oxford University’s Skoll Centre, Impact Gap Canvas focuses on understanding the landscape of the problem you aim to solve and which gaps currently exist that you can contribute to. Far too often solutions are created to solve problems with limited to no understanding of the problem itself. Impact Gap Canvas challenges students to 1. Connect with and learn from leading organizations and companies in their field, 2. Move deeply to understand the problems they aim to solve, and 3. Employ systems thinking to present a strong case to the organizations and companies with whom they will intern and advance their careers.

Watson Institute Lab – Clarity
The Clarity Lab is designed to give students greater clarity as to their next steps as entrepreneurial leaders, the impact they wish to create in their lives and careers, and the skills required to do so including: project management, time management and prioritization, effective goal setting, compelling storytelling, personal branding, and transformative communication.

Transformative Action
Transformative Action is based on the research of Scott Sherman at The Transformative Action Institute and guides students through the process of overcoming key challenges faced as entrepreneurial leaders. The course is based on the principles of “transformative action,” which is defined as new methods of solving society’s problems by looking beyond traditional methods of change. The course is based on a series of real world challenges that cover skills including: positive psychology, resilience, grit, creativity, and courage.

Watson Institute Lab – Money
The Money Lab focuses on learning, practicing, and applying financial management and fundraising skills including: funder readiness, personal financial management, financial statements, sales, bookkeeping, budgeting, and financial modeling.

Master Course Teachers

We have the privilege to host some of the world’s foremost leaders, entrepreneurs, and practitioners to deliver Master Courses: highly interactive workshops and 1-on-1 mentorship sessions. Examples of Master Course Teachers include:

Guillermo Jaime

Guillermo is one of Mexico’s leading entrepreneurs. The founder of MIA, Guillermo’s company has built 60,000 affordable homes across Mexico. He is one of the rare individuals to receive both the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship and be named an Endeavor Entrepreneur representing the intersection of his successful business model with his heart for changing lives.

Monica de Zelaya

Dean of UFM School of Economic Sciences; founder of UFM Kirzner Entrepreneurship Center; senior consultant for Franklin Covey; co-author of books on entrepreneurship and management; professor of management theory, leadership, and entrepreneurship; president of Antigua Forum 2015. Monica also helped integrate the 7 habits of highly effective people curriculum into the national education system of Guatemala.

Jeff Hoffman

Jeff Motivational Speaker, Bestselling Author, Hollywood Film Producer, a Producer of a Grammy-winning jazz album, and Executive Producer of an Emmy Award-winning television show. In his career, he has been the founder of multiple startups, he has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and he has served as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known successful startups, including Priceline.com/Booking.com, uBid.com and more.

Universidad Francisco Marroquín and Guatemala

Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) is a leading institution of higher education in Latin America with the mission to teach and disseminate the ethical, legal, and overall economic principles of a society of free and responsible persons. UFM has played an important role in the development of Guatemala and produced many of the region’s leading entrepreneurs, executives, and public officials.

Guatemala itself has a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. Students of Watson Institute at UFM are integrated into the global entrepreneurial community through their Mentors, Master Course Teachers, internships, and challenges presented in the curriculum. Students of Watson Institute at UFM will have the opportunity to meet with leaders across Guatemala, the Americas, and the world.

The Cohort

As part of Watson Institute at UFM, entrepreneurial leaders from across the Americas and globe build a powerful community of peers and lifelong friendships. The cohort, as diverse as it is, has in common a gritty idealism and drive to make the world a better place.

Watson Career Accelerator in Guatemala City, Guatemala
Tuition: $3,900
Total: $3,900*

* Students who are not currently enrolled at UFM will be responsible for a UFM ID fee and an additional services fee totaling $122.

* Students interested in housing in Guatemala city must reserve separately through D15 or El Dorm. Both of these housing options are a close distance to UFM. The cost of housing is not included in the total cost of the program.

Is this program for you?

The program is designed for university students and young professionals determined to advance their careers and lead lives of consequence, meaning, and impact.

The program will be delivered in English. The majority of faculty, mentors, and master course teachers will be fluent in both Spanish and English.

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