About BLC.

Learn What We Are All About

Our Vision, Mission, and Core Values


Students excel and prosper in the workplace of the twenty-first century


The mission of the Business Leadership Center is to foster leadership development through intellectual stimulation in the classroom, interaction with successful business leaders, and participation in leadership roles throughout the Virginia Tech community and beyond.

Core Values

Founded on Virginia Tech’s motto Ut Prosim (“that I may serve”) and Aspirations for Student Learning (curiosity, self-understanding and integrity, civility, courageous leadership, and Ut Prosim), the Business Leadership Center’s core values are:

  • Adaptive Leadership: Actively explore strengths and needs of individual followers to help them be the best team member they can be
  • Excellence: Envision a better future and make decisions to accomplish goals within context and environment
  • Ethics & Integrity: Understand self and organizational values to drive decision making and behaviors
  • Collaborative Teamwork: Foster an inclusive community through positive intercultural communication
  • Creativity & Innovation: Challenge assumptions by being curious, asking questions, and embracing ambiguity
  • Critical Analysis: Question and review to ensure your organization is being as effective as it can be


We accomplish our mission by providing leadership development through:

  • Pathways Minor in Organizational Leadership
  • Pamplin Leadership Academy
  • Pamplin Leadership Development Team
  • Annual Pamplin Student Leadership Conference
  • Caught in the Act of Leadership Scholarship
  • Seminars and Workshops
  • Research

Meet our Staff

Dr. Kimberly Carlson

Center Director

Asst. Prof. of Practice
Center Director
2103 Pamplin Hall (0233) Virginia Tech
(540) 231-1279

Ms. Meghan Weyrens Kuhn

Adjunct Instructor

Adjunct Instructor, BLC

Assoc. Dir. of Leadership & Civic Engagement, VT Engage
New Hall West, Suite 110D (0428) Virginia Tech
(540) 231-1356

Dr. Jerald H. Walz

Adjunct Instructor

Adjunct Instructor, BLC
2075 Pamplin Hall (0233) Virginia Tech

Ms. Jane Lake

Student Assistant

Student Assistant

2103 Pamplin Hall (0233) Virginia Tech
(540) 231-1279

Meet our Advisory Board

Adil Durrani

Grant Thornton

Madison Jones

VT Alumni Class of 2018

Leisha LaRiviere

Associate Director and Adjunct Faculty, SPIA Richmond

Ron Poff

Industry Director and Director of Global Marketing, Mar-Bal, Inc.
Co-Founder and Advising Partner, The PRIME Factory
Adjunct Instructor, Management Dept, Pamplin College of Business

Thank you to our Platinum Level Sponsors!

ACIS Department

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