Leadership Academy Program Description
Designed as a bridge between our one-day Pamplin Student Leadership Conference and the 18-credit Business Leadership Minor, the purpose of the Academy is to provide open access to leadership training for college students who want to gain new, or improve existing, skill sets. Leadership, Education, Action, and Development (LEAD) are the cornerstones to this vision; activities provide leadership and facilitator training, professional advising and networking, and community engagement.
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Virginia Tech undergraduate students who will be full-time students in the Pamplin College of Business during the 2019-2020 may apply for admission. Students staying an additional year for a masters within Pamplin also may be considered for admission.
Admission to the Pamplin Leadership Academy is competitive, requiring answering several short essay questions, submitting a faculty nomination or letter of support, and completing a short interview with Business Leadership Center staff. Individual nominees are selected based on their demonstration of capability, commitment, and capacity to grow as evident by engagement in their academic program; contributing to the mission and vision of Virginia Tech and the Pamplin College of Business; seeking opportunities to learn; acting with integrity; exhibiting willingness to stretch and grow; treating others with respect; and willingness to develop their leadership competencies. All Pamplin students who will be full-time students in 2019-2020 and who show high potential are eligible to apply. GPA will be considered, however it will not be the deciding factor.
As a student in Pamplin, you learn necessary technical skills to work in a career in your related major. But, in today’s work environment, success depends on being able to relate to future colleagues and clients. As a Leadership Academy participant, you will gain more confidence in yourself as a prepared leader for the future, equipped with key leadership skills that are vital to a successful career.
Our objectives are for students to participate in:
- Quality leadership development experiences within the Pamplin College of Business.
- Tactical skills training to help students become more effective leaders.
- Hands-on projects to practice implementation of new leadership skills.
- Opportunities for personal growth and confidence building in a non-competitive service-learning environment.
- Six seminars focused on developing leadership competencies: holistic thinking, ethical reasoning, creativity and innovation, strategic thinking, critical analysis, and intercultural communication.
- Experiential Learning: design and lead a service project within our community.
- Job Shadowing: two day trips are planned to learn from leaders in the field.
- Students are expected to attend all six seminar days to receive their Leadership Academy Certificate: Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Feb. 21, Mar. 19-20, and Apr. 10.
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