THE EMERGING LEADERS PROGRAM
This exciting program strengthens students’ core writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills. Emerging Leaders are engaged in unique learning and mentoring opportunities that correspond to their interests and foster personal development. Students gain valuable insight into corporate, public, political, and nonprofit worlds through exposure to new ideas, fascinating places, and dynamic established leaders. Unlike many leadership programs, Emerging Leader Program services are free to participants and there is no cost to apply.
2019-2020 Emerging Leaders Program Important Information
Emerging Leaders Program Dates
January 17-19, 2020 (Moton Campus)
February 21-23, 2020 (Moton Campus)
*Postponed March 20-22, 2020 (Washington, DC)
*Cancelled April 25-26, 2020 (Moton Campus)
*COVID-19 CDC Safety Recommendations
PROFILE OF AN EMERGING LEADER
Emerging Leaders are highly motivated African-American and Latino undergraduates. These students possess undeniable leadership potential which is typically demonstrated in their moral character, extracurricular activities, and the respect earned from their peers, faculty, and community. Emerging Leaders have at least a 3.0 grade point average and must be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors at a fully accredited college or university in Virginia.
AFTER THE PROGRAM
Students come away from the Emerging Leaders Program with knowledge and skills that are both relevant and beneficial to their career journey, and that add value to the scholarly community. As a result, the Emerging Leaders Program has helped to prepare students to pursue and compete at some of the nation’s top graduate school programs, which include the Masters program in economics at Georgetown University, the PhD program in psychology at UC Berkley, the Masters program in theology at Princeton University, and the MBA and MD programs in medicine at Harvard University.
Our students also gain employment at top businesses and firms such as Amerigroup, Verizon, Prudential Financial, Marriott Corporate, Microsoft, the U.S. House of Representatives, and Teach for America.
NOTABLE MENTORS AND SPEAKERS HAVE INCLUDED:
- United States Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA 3rd District)
- Stedman Graham, Businessman and Partner of Oprah Winfrey
- United States Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
- Suhail Khan, Director, External Relations, Microsoft
- United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson
- Former President of Verizon Virginia Robert Wolftz
- Civil Rights Icon and United States Congressman John Lewis (D-GA 5th District)
- Former CEO of Popeyes and Chick-fil-A Board Member, Cheryl Bachelder
- Author, George Alexander, Queens, Why We Make Movies, and Essence Magazine