Leadership opportunities in Kogod are facilitated through the Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) Program. Supplementing classroom experiences with co-curricular opportunities, it is our hope that all Kogod students understand the value and importance of becoming a well-rounded leader. L.E.A.D. builds upon the principles of Learning By Doing through the following:
Leadership Education & Involvement
What does it mean to be a leader? There are more than a dozen Kogod-specific clubs and organizations in which you can get involved. Click here for a list or graduate clubs or here for undergraduate clubs.
Throughout the academic year, KLAB will host workshops and trainings for our club leaders to show and help them access the resources available to them around campus.
Service learning is more than just volunteering. Combining classroom learning experiences with giving back to the community is a valuable trait for a leader. Working with the Center for Community and Engagement and Service here on campus to learn about what opportunities we have in DC and participating in the Making a Difference program or in a service learning course like Washington Initiative are ways that you can give back to our community.
Case Competitions, Conferences, and Other Personal/Professional Development Opportunities
In the weekly BizUndergrad and KSB Bulletin newsletters, many opportunities for getting involved in local, national, and international case competitions or conferences are presented. Check the newsletters each week for details!
Student Leadership Retreat
Each fall, Kogod student leaders are invited to join K-LAB staff for a student leadership retreat.
Graduate and undergraduate students enjoy an action-packed day of leadership training through problem-solving challenges and a ropes course.
All Kogod graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to apply for the Student Leadership Retreat. This year's retreat is on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9am-5pm at Terrapin Adventures. The application is due before 5pm on Monday, September 21st. Students will be notified by Friday, September 25th if they have been selected to attend.
Apply here for the Student Leadership Retreat.
Finding someone to give you advice and help you find direction personally and/or professionally is a valuable part of being a strong leader. Through this checkpoint, we would like you to establish a relationship with a professor, staff member, or someone in your professional field and work with them to enhance your developing leadership skills.
Providing guidance, advice and insight for someone interested in a field where you are an expert is an important part of being a leader. The 1955 Club Peer Mentors and FTMBA Student Mentors offer formal opportunities to share your expertise but being a mentor can take many forms.
Effective leaders are not always the presidents of organizations. Leadership takes many forms and one of them is getting involved in groups that are professionally and/or personally interesting to you. Just because you may not hold a leadership position in a group does not make the experience any less valuable. We have many Kogod-specific clubs for undergraduates and graduates but there are more than 200 ways to get involved around campus.
Respecting and understanding diverse perspectives, people, and beliefs is integral to the success of any strong leader. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion on campus offers many workshops to build cross-cultural competencies. Attending more than one of their many workshops can also earn you a separate Diversity and Inclusion Certificate. More than workshops, appreciation for diversity can overlap with many of the other principles listed above. Think of how your leadership education, service learning, mentorship, or involvement has also increased your awareness and understanding of traditionally under-represented groups.
How Does This Work?
Before you begin the program, you should contact Michelle Doyle or Andrew Toczydlowski (see contact information below) to set up a 1:1 meeting to discuss the program and your personal reasons for wanting to complete the program. During this meeting, you’ll develop an individualized learning plan that outlines the steps needed to complete the program.
Most plans will involve a mid-point check in and end of program check in meetings. As a culmination of your experience, we will also ask for a formal reflection of completing the certificate through writing a paper, blogging it, creating a video series, or whatever other creative way you can think of.
Students who complete the program will be honored at student leadership luncheon with deans, faculty, and staff as well as receive a certificate and gift.
For more information or if you have any questions or suggestions, undergraduate students should contact Michelle Doyle at (202) 885-1931 or firstname.lastname@example.org and graduate students should contact Andrew Toczydlowski at (202) 885-1982 or email@example.com.