LeaderShape Institute enhances cross-college collaboration


January 26, 2015

Over winter break, Marquette Business teamed up with Marquette’s Opus College of Engineering to offer the LeaderShape Institute – a retreat-style program that provides students with an opportunity to hone their leadership skills and collaborate with students from other colleges.

Held over five days in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, the program provided opportunities for self-reflection, encouraged students to develop a vision of what they see themselves doing as a career, and tasked them with coming up with ways to further collaboration between colleges when back on campus.  There were several guest speakers on the topic of leadership, including Charles Colman, a retired S.C. Johnson executive and active community board leader, and Kelly Piacsek, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare Global Research.

Five business students participated this year and the program is slated to continue in future years with openings for up to 10 students from each college, determined through an application process.  The event is provided free of charge to attending students.

“It was the first time at Marquette that I had experienced a cross-disciplinary group meeting in a productive way,” said Sam Wesley, a marketing major.  “It has definitely inspired me to bring together more teams between the colleges.”

Students interested in participating in the LeaderShape institute in winter 2016 should watch for campus announcements or contact the Business Career Center.