The program is a year-long cohort-based program that works with local business leaders, ranging from the private, non-profit and governmental sectors, to solve a real-life business problem. Students will gain the knowledge to present a solution to their proposed problem by:
All events for this program take place on a Saturday from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. once a month (August, September, October, November, January, February, March and April) with October being the retreat and April being the graduation ceremony. In order to receive a certificate of completion for the program, students must attend a minimum of 7 events.
To be considered for participation, candidates:
The number of spots for this program are limited to 20 students and candidates are finalized by the Academy's faculty.
“The NKU Leadership Cohort has shown me what collective intelligence looks like in a professional setting. Its diverse people, diverse backgrounds, and diverse perspectives collaborating for the common good. The cohort has also led to many networking connections with great leaders around campus that I wouldn't have previously interacted with. It's been a fantastic self-development and cooperative initiative.”
Zachary Suman, Management
“I have learned so much from being a part of the leadership academy. I have learned what kind of leader I am and the kind I want to be. I have enjoyed guest speakers, they all brought something new to the table. Also, I have learned a lot from Jaclyn, I couldn't think of a better person to lead the academy. I would recommend the academy to anyone who wants to grow as a leader and person.”
Mykell Marshall, Organizational Leadership
“The Leadership Academy has provided an opportunity to looking into an insight on how companies may go about finding a problem and creating a long-term plan.”
Wendi Cantero, Accounting & Management
"My time in the Eva G. & Oakley Farris Leadership Academy at Northern Kentucky University was a moment I will always remember and cherish. Not only did the Academy provide me with valuable insights into what it means to be a leader, but it also provided me with the opportunity to work on a goal larger than myself. Collaborating with other NKU students to solve real-world issues was a rewarding and priceless experience."
Keller McGrath, Finance & Entrepreneurship
“The NKU Leadership Academy has been an engaging and fulfilling experience. It has provided me with a unique opportunity to engage with guest speakers who are experts in various fields, and with other students whose perspectives on problem solving have broadened my mind. This program has taught me a great deal about leadership and given me access to resources which have been and will continue to be invaluable in my academic and professional life.”
John Lindley, Global Supply Chain Management
“The Leadership Academy has helped me use my passion for leading as a tool to impact our community.”
Lillian Gamel, Accounting & Human Resource Management
"I have gained a much better idea of what leadership really is from the opportunities to both learn from guest speakers and exercise key qualities that I have gained."
Benjamin Lindblad, Marketing