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Prepare for Advancement with Leadership Catalyst

Strong leaders are adept at solving problems creatively, influencing and leading, managing under pressure, and thinking beyond their own personal gain for the greater good. Employers know that individuals who demonstrate these qualities add value to their organizations.

Through the Leadership Catalyst program, the Wisconsin MBA invites you to explore the meaning of leadership and develop new skills in the three critical areas of individual, team, and organizational leadership. Programming is based on a blend of servant leadership and transformational leadership theory.

Leadership Catalyst includes a variety of curricular and co-curricular activities that prepare you for future leadership roles, including academic courses, assessment tools such as StrengthsFinder 2.0©, and workshops. Examples of workshop topics include creative problem-solving, nonprofit board leadership, and leading without direct authority.

Experience Leadership in Action

The M. Keith Weikel MBA Leadership Speaker Series brings accomplished individuals in a variety of fields to campus to share their knowledge and experiences. Wisconsin MBA students enjoy the exclusive privilege of attending receptions and interacting with these inspiring leaders.

You will also have opportunities to hone your leadership skills through case competitions, the semester capstone Integrated Company Analysis (ICA), diversity “lunch and learns,” TED© Talk discussions, student organization involvement, global travel, and more.

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"The values of servant leadership—putting others first and leading from the heart—need to emerge from every corner of American life, including the business community."

—Howard Schultz
Chairman and CEO, Starbucks

Connect with Influential Leaders in Business and Industry

The M. Keith Weikel MBA Leadership Speaker Series features individuals who are inspirational models of leadership. Here are a few examples:

Steve Bennett, BBA '76
Steve Bennett, BBA '76
Former Chief Executive Officer, Intuit

Barry Calpino
Barry Calpino

Vice President of Breakthrough Innovation, Kraft Foods Group

Viveca Chan, BBA '76
Viveca Chan, BBA '76

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder, WE Marketing Group and WE Engauge

Scott Cook

Founder and Former Chief Executive Officer, Intuit

Keith Ferrazzi
Keith Ferrazzi

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ferrazzi Greenlight; Author of Never Eat Alone and Who's Got Your Back?

Tom Formolo, BBA '86
Tom Formolo, BBA '86

Founding Partner, New Harbor Capital LLC

Bill George
Bill George

Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School; Former Chairman and Chief Executive Office, Medtronic; Author of True North and 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis

Dr. Franci Phelan

Chief Human Resources Officer, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Former CHRO, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Paul Polman
Paul Polman

Chief Executive Officer, Unilever

Toni Sikes, MS '76
Toni Sikes, MS '76

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CODAworx; Serial Entrepreneur

Dr. Susan Wallace
Dr. Susan Wallace

General Manager of Radiation Oncology Systems, Philips Healthcare

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