The Leadership in Practice summer program, held on the campus of Westminster College for four days each June provides students from across the state with real-life activities and challenges, plus mentoring and insight from top leaders in the civic and corporate worlds, to prepare students for success in high school and beyond.
The program, offered by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, took place June 24-27.
“This year’s Leadership In Practice was a success,” says Brian Crouse, Vice President of Education for Education with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “We had a solid group of students that really seemed to be engaged with the activities and simulations. I was impressed by their level of engagement, the way that they carried themselves and the types of ideas that they discussed in their groups.”
In thanks for hosting the program on campus, students whose parents are Westminster alumni, faculty, or staff members were given priority preference in the application process. “At every turn, the Westminster family helped to make us feel welcome and valued guests,” Crouse says.
Westminster students and faculty also took an active roll in the program. “Dr. Kali Wright-Smith and her Model UN student leaders provided a solid mock UN Session on global nuclear proliferation,” says Crouse. “This session has been a valued, relevant component of our program and at the same time, allows for current WC faculty and students to connect with the Leadership In Practice students.”
Developed over 19 years to cultivate and instill critical leadership, entrepreneurship, and life skills to Missouri students, Leadership in Practice offers presentations, activities, simulations and small group discussions that engage and inspire the sophomores attending to gain confidence in their abilities and network with other sophomores from across the state.
Leadership in Practice is sponsored in part by The Jenny and Warren Erdman Charitable Fund. Westminster alumnus Warren Erdman ’81 ΦΔΘ is a longtime supporter of leadership and business development in the state of Missouri.
Learn more about the Leadership in Practice program here.
Learn more about Westminster’s commitment to developing leaders in a global community here.