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Alumni Association seeks nominations for ASU Leadership Institute


ASU Leadership Institute

Class 1 of the ASU Leadership Institute participates in a leadership learning exercise with executives from the W. P. Carey School of Business.

April 05, 2019

The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the second cohort of ASU Leadership Institute. Applications are being accepted now through May 17 for this professional and personal leadership development program. 

Sun Devils interested in learning more about ASU Leadership Institute are invited to a special reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Pitchforks and Corks, 600 S. College Ave. (second floor of College Avenue Commons). The reception will include a brief presentation about the ASU Leadership Institute and an opportunity to meet members of Class 1.

“We launched this program to develop the next generation of leaders invested in higher education and impacting their communities,” said Christine K. Wilkinson, ASU Alumni Association president and CEO. “The Leadership Institute immerses participants in ASU’s teaching, learning and discovery environment equipping them with critical leadership skills. We know the importance and value of continued learning and development. Our inaugural class of this program featured a diverse group of individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to leadership, civic engagement and making a difference, and we look forward to recruiting a strong class for the second cohort.” 

ASU Leadership Institute Class 1 member JB Etchamendy, business banking relationship management associate with Wells Fargo Bank, says the program has provided valuable insights for both his professional career and civic engagement. 

“Leaders are passionate about the goals they set out to achieve,” he said. “If your goal is to discover and understand your own value in whatever it is you are passionate about, then the ASU Leadership Institute is the conduit to tap that passion and add your own value to it.”

The program will help participants understand and develop critical leadership skills. The cohort of Class 2 will participate in a leadership assessment tool that provides in-depth analysis and insights identifying key strengths to further develop and areas to enhance.

“The ASU Leadership Institute is an incredible program that offers alums the priceless opportunity to remain connected to the vast ecosystem of the university,” said Morgan Dick, director of money in politics for the Arizona Advocacy Network. “The opportunities for continued growth in leadership both professional and personal, shepherded by ASU, has been a transformative experience.” 

ASU Leadership Institute features nine ASU Innovation Days throughout the course of the program led by experts from fields including business, military, nonprofit management, media, health and science, technology, design and the arts, and applied-use research. The programs works to enlighten, inspire and transform leaders from a variety of professions and communities.

“The Leadership Institute has given me a closer look at what makes ASU No. 1 in innovation,” said Class 1 member Brian Lee, chief financial officer for Landings Credit Union. “Besides gaining access to discover the diverse programs at ASU, we have also engaged in dialogue with the amazing leaders who are constantly finding ways to advance the work at ASU.”

Applications for Class 2 of ASU Leadership Institute must be received by May 17. Successful candidates from the private, public and nonprofit sectors are chosen through a competitive selection process. For more information about ASU Leadership Institute, visit alumni.asu.edu/engage/leadership-institute.

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