About Us

Lauder Mission

Founded in 1983 by Leonard A. Lauder and the Honorable Ronald S. Lauder in memory of their father, Joseph H. Lauder, the Lauder Institute is more than a business program. It’s a career changing, life-changing opportunity. The Lauder Institute prepares leaders to speak the global language of business, culture, and politics. Fluently.

The program of the Institute is not an academic or intellectual luxury, but rather a business necessity and a national imperative. There truly is a global economy, and we handle the problems and opportunities that international business has created. One good place to start is in our universities, the training arena for tomorrow’s managers.

Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman Emeritus, The Estée Lauder Companies

The Lauder Institute prepares the global business leaders of the 21st century. The joint MBA/MA in International Studies program was established 25 years ago in response to the growing need by companies to find qualified executives with the necessary skills to do business in foreign cultures, conduct negotiations in languages other than English, and understand the intricacies of different national institutional environments.

Mauro F. Guillén, Director, The Lauder Institute; Professor, Management Department