Undergraduate Business Student Life

Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute is designed to encourage students to consider, discuss, and wrestle with leadership issues such as professional ethics, self- and group motivation, and diversity in the workplace. The Leadership Institutes are conducted on the average of twice yearly.

The institutes draw undergraduate students from engineering, business, and liberal arts and sciences to a weekend seminar in which they explore real-world challenges and meet key business leaders.

In addition to including faculty and staff facilitators from the College of Engineering and the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, the seminar features recognized UI alumni who are leaders in business and industry, eager to share experiences from their careers.

The institute format uses both small- and large-group sessions to expose students to real-world challenges, immerse them in hypothetical situations, and introduce them to key Iowa engineering alumni. It also has strengthened the bond between the engineering and business colleges, a partnership already nurtured by a collaborative effort that supports the UI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the college’s Technological Entrepreneurship Certificate program.

What students are saying about the Leadership Institute:

  • The key to motivating others is getting them past their fear of failure.”
  • The best leaders have an exceptional ability to listen to people.”
  • I learned that leadership is something more than just leading. It’s also encouraging others to reach their full potential.

For the UI colleges, the institute does several things:

  • It exposes our students to proven ideas, successes, and failures of experienced business leaders.
  • It exposes our alumni and friends of the college to student perceptions and ideas, as well as to the level of their leadership abilities already.
  • It engages alumni and friends in another extension of their commitment to the college—by giving their precious time, talent, and wisdom that are almost immeasurable.
  • It builds a stronger bond between both the students and the administrators of the two colleges.

For more information, please contact Mike Schluckebier, Tippie College of Business, or Nancy Schneider, College of Engineering.