What is the Senior Leadership Academy?
It is a rare and unique opportunity to go though a leadership program with a select group of seniors who will explore a topic in depth through guided activities, readings and reflection. ONLY 10-12 students will be selected for the Academy. Go to the online Application page or (Download the application here >>)
The theme for the Fall, 2011 Senior Leadership Academy is "Competence, Conscience, and Compassion: Leadership for the Common Good". As presented in our new mission statement, Santa Clara University's Business School is a community dedicated to innovative learning and scholarship that transforms people, ideas, and organizations to create prosperity here and around the world. It blends theory and practice, finds inspiration in Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial spirit, and is committed to a collaborative learning environment that develops leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion.
This Academy emphasizes the importance of leading for the Common Good through the combined employment of one’s unique knowledge and abilities, one’s awareness of a community’s needs, and one’s commitment to justice. Participants will be exposed to various threats to the Common Good by experiencing the powerful exhibits and presentations at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and by working with community members in a service project. Methods to overcoming these threats will be explored at the Leadership and Social Justice Conference being held on the UC-Berkeley campus. Specific career options or vocational opportunities will be introduced through visits to the respective headquarters of Skoll Foundation and the Silicon Valley United Way. Inspiration will be found in the conversations held during small, intimate dinners with select board members of local charitable organizations. In closing, a Final Reflection will provide the opportunity to decipher one’s reactions experienced throughout the Academy and create a realistic and meaningful personal action plan for moving forward.
Participants in this Academy will have the opportunity to:
- Recognize and explore personal values and beliefs that will inform their life-long actions
- Identify marginalized communities and their needs
- Experience "real life" application opportunities
- Make connections between their own specific talents/abilities and the ability to meet specific needs within a community
- Contribute to the community
- Reflect upon their experience and the impact on their life
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Fall Quarter 2011
||Date - Time - Location
||Monday, September 19
|SLA applications available
|SLA applications will be available via email, online or in Lucas 115
||Friday, September 30 by 5 P.M.
|SLA applications due
|SLA applications must be submitted to Lucas 115 by 5 PM
||Thursday, October 6
7:00 - 8:30 PM
|We will go out for a casual dinner to get to know each other and discuss the components of the Academy
||Friday,, October 7
5 P.M. -to-
Sunday, October 9,
Museum of Tolerance
|The Museum of Tolerance (MOT) is a human rights laboratory and educational center designed to create an experience that would challenge people of all backgrounds to confront their most closely-held assumptions and assume responsibility for change. We will visit the MOT to learn more about the challenges people in our world face and reflect upon our own definitions of what it means to work for the common good.
||Sunday, October 16
7:30 A.M.- 6 P.M.
|Leadership and Social Justice Conference Berkeley
|The Leadership and Social Justice Conference seeks to network and empower Bay Area college students to learn skills and understand issues to create positive social change on their campuses and in their communities. We will attend the conference to be inspired and explore opportunities to overcome barriers to the common good.
||Wednesday, October 26
|Skoll Foundation Palo Alto
|The mission of the Skoll Foundation is to drive large scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. Social entrepreneurs are society’s change agents, creators of innovations that disrupt the status quo and transform our world for the better. Might you be a social entrepreneur?
||Wednesday, November 2
Thursday, November 3
|Dinners with Members of various Silicon Valley Charitable Boards SCU Campus
||Many Santa Clara University alumni use their business skills for the common good by serving on the boards of charitable organizations. We will enjoy a casual dinner with several of these alumni and engage in a discussion to learn about their work on these boards.
||Wednesday, November 9 2-5 PM
||United Way Silicon Valley San Jose
||For the past five years, United Way Silicon Valley has focused its efforts on supporting and driving programs that improve income, education, and health. The organization's focused approach has helped tens of thousands of individuals, made it a leading expert on human needs in Silicon Valley and provided focus and discipline that has led to strengthened business operations and financial performance. The United Way offers a method for professionals of all business disciplines to use their skills and expertise for the common good.
||Thursday, November 17 7-8:30 PM
||SLA Final Reflection SCU Campus
||We will gather to discuss and reflect upon our experiences together in the Academy.