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Eva G. & Oakley Farris Leadership Academy

Develop your leadership skills while being a positive change in the community.


The Eva G. & Oakley Farris Leadership Academy is a cohort-based program for students that accelerates their development of leadership acumen and talents. It provides participants with a student-centered learning experience that exposes them to networking opportunities with local business leaders, allows them to become change agents in the local community, and to establish a personal vision and identity.



What Students Say

Zachary Suman

“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

Mykell Marshall

“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

Wendi Cantero

“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

Keller McGrath

"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

John Lindley

“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

Lillian Gamel

“The Leadership Academy has helped me use my passion for leading as a tool to impact our community.”

Lillian Gamel, Accounting & Human Resource Management

Benjamin Lindblad

"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


Contact Us

Have questions about the Eva G. & Oakley Farris Leadership Academy?

Jacki Perrmann-Graham | Program Director |