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Emerging Leaders Retreat

Discover how women are excelling in business

Increasing the pipeline of young women in leadership roles is a key strategic goal to achieve a gender balance at all levels of corporate business. Studies have shown that a young woman’s career choice is often influenced by perceptions that occur early in life. The Jane Brock-Wilson Women in Management Center believes that it is important to provide pre-college learning experiences that emphasize empowerment and information about the wide range of opportunities available with a degree in business. With these objectives in mind, a one-day Emerging Leaders Retreat launched on October 16, 2017 with 24 participants. Due to the success of the pilot program, a multi-day summer camp is being created to be held in July 2018.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in the following activities:

  • Introduction to potential careers in business and entrepreneurship through hands-on learning experiences
  • Role plays in leadership and empowerment, with opportunities to navigate gender challenges often experienced by young women
  • Glimpses of life as a business student and as a young professional
  • Interactions with Krannert students, faculty, alumni and business leaders 
  • Student Quotes

    • “I really enjoyed all the sessions with all the business ladies. Their talks really inspired me to become an important leader in business.” 
    • “The retreat exceeded my expectations. There was always something to do.”
    • “It opened my eyes to how many ways you can put your passion into business.”
    • “My favorite part was the role play. It was interesting to learn how gender roles play in a business.”
    • “I discovered a lot of new things about marketing that interested me.”
    • “My favorite part [of the day] was talking to Krannert students and learning their perspectives on campus.”
    • “I really enjoyed the LaunchBox event. It let us come up with our own product and really put me in a position where I felt like a business woman.” 
  • Sample Summer Agenda

    Sunday

    3:00 – 4:00 pm                  Check-in

    4:00 – 4:45 pm                  Student and Family Information/Res Hall Orientation/Introductions Session

    4:50 – 5:00 pm                  Group Photo

    5:15 – 6:15 pm                  Dinner

    6:30 – 8:30 pm                  Boiler Challenge: Team Building

    8:45 – 10:00 pm                Back to Dorm/Lights Out

     

    Monday

    7:30 – 8:30 am                  Breakfast

    8:45 – 9:45 am                  Module 1 – Overview of Business Majors/Careers

    9:45 – 10:00 am                Break

    10:00 – 12:00 pm              Module 2 – Strategy

    12:20 – 1:45 pm                Lunch

    2:00 – 3:30 pm                  Module 3 – Empowerment 1

    3:30 – 4:45 pm                  Scavenger Hunt and Fountain Run

    5:15 – 6:15 pm                  Dinner

    6:30 – 9:00 pm                  Bowling

    9:30 – 10:30                      Back to Dorm/Lights Out

     

    Tuesday

    7:30 – 8:30 am                  Breakfast

    8:45 – 10:15 am                Module 4 - Supply Chain

    10:15 – 10:30 am              Break

    10:30 – 12:00 pm              Module 5 – Finance

    12:20 – 1:45 pm                Lunch

    2:00 – 3:30 pm                  Module 6 - Empowerment 2

    3:45 – 5:00 pm                  Business Field Trip

    5:15 – 6:15 pm                  Dinner

    6:30 – 9:00 pm                  Movie Night

    9:30 – 10:30                      Back to Dorm/Lights Out

     

    Wednesday

    7:30 – 8:30 am                  Breakfast

    8:45 – 10:15 am                Module 7 – Marketing

    10:15 – 10:30 am              Break

    10:30 – 12:00 pm              Module 8 – Negotiation/Empowerment 3

    12:20 – 1:45 pm                Lunch

    2:00 – 3:30 pm                  Module 9 – Economics

    3:45 – 8:30 pm                  Matchbox – Entrepreneurship                                  

    9:00 – 10:30 pm                Back to Dorm/Lights Out

     

    Thursday      

    7:30 – 8:30 am                  Breakfast

    9:00 – 11:00 am                Case Competition

    11:15 – 12:30 pm              Closing Remarks, Evaluations

    12:45 – 1:30 pm                Lunch

    1:30 – 2:30 pm                  Check out

  • Application Criteria

    The Emerging Leaders Retreat is open to students who are rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Selection will be based on the following criteria

    • Minimum GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale
    • Extracurricular activity involvement
    • Letter of recommendation
  • Funding and Travel

    The Emerging Leaders Retreat is hosted by the Jane Brock-Wilson Women in Management Center. The program is funded by Marjorie Magner and the P&G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Selected participants will be responsible for travel expenses to and from West Lafayette, IN and any personal expenses.
  • Summer 2018 Session Dates

    • July 8 - 12

All applications should be completed and submitted by Friday, May 25 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
Register Here

Supporters and Sponsors

Marjorie Magner

P&G Fund

While our summer camp is designed primarily to benefit high school women, in accordance with Purdue policies, all persons have equal access to Purdue University’s educational programs, services, and activities, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran. See Purdue’s Nondiscrimination Policy Statement. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these policies, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance at vpec@purdue.edu or 765-494-5830.