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Leadership Development

Since our founding in 1821, we have been preparing students to not just succeed on their chosen paths but to emerge as leaders within their professions and communities.

Pride Perspectives

Widener helps students build the character, courage, and habits of mind to be engaged global citizens and strategic leaders capable of effecting positive change.

Jeremiah McFarland, standing outside a hospital, wearing blue scrubs

Widener has made such an incredible impact in my life. I bleed blue.

Jeremiah McFarland

Jeremiah's Story

You make time for the things you love. I love chemistry and learning. I love being a leader on campus and learning how to be a better person every day.

Aidan Looby

Aidan's Story
Jason Beiriger stands in front of Quick Center with a stethoscope around his neck

Having an MBA from Widener and being exposed to health care management will allow me to help even more patients than I would in an eight-hour, in-person shift.

Jason Beiriger

Jason's Story
Jose-Luis Vasquez stands on platform in front of high school graduates in caps and gowns

What I’ve learned through the MEd program is the skills to succeed, whether it is organizational administration, coaching and developing leaders, or even the vernacular to know what is going on in the world of higher education.

Jose-Luis Vasquez

Jose-Luis's Story
Kelly Quinn in an office at the Philadelphia Parking Authority

I’ve lifted myself up. I went from dropout to summa cum laude. It’s a complete 180.

Kelly Quinn

Kelly's Story
Annamarie Burns holds leadership certificate with two other people

I knew I needed professors who cared about me and my future to get the most out of my college education, and this ultimately led me to attend Widener.

Annamarie Burns

Annamarie's Story

Leaders in Leadership

Opportunities for leadership development run through every aspect of the Widener experience—from coursework to experiential learning to community engagement to co-curricular life.

Within Your Program

Whatever your department or major or intended professional path, you'll have access to information and experiences that will give you a distinct advantage in your career—whether publishing research with your professor, presenting at industry conferences, leading a  professional organization, or learning from people whose ideas are shaping their fields.

Certificate or Minor in Leadership

Explore the power and possibilities of capable leadership through the courses, workshops, and experiences provided by our Oskin Leadership Institute. Connect with business and civic leaders, explore leadership theories and practice, and discover your own leadership style. A minor or certificate in leadership will further distinguish your resume.

On-Campus Leadership Opportunities

This campus is alive—with hundreds of clubs, organizations, publications, affinity groups, professional associations, government bodies, performance ensembles, and varsity and club sports teams. Every single one is headed by student leaders, people  who are guiding their peers and bringing their interests to life while setting the stage for future success.

Leadership in Our Community

While earning your degree, play a valuable role in the local community. Whether coaching and mentoring kids, treating patients in a university-run physical therapy clinic, or teaching in Widener's charter school, you will develop the maturity, perspective, and leadership acumen that comes from responsible citizenship.

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Oskin Leadership Institute

The engine behind our longstanding commitment to preparing graduates for lives of impact and distinction, the Oskin Leadership Institute offers coursework, workshops, and opportunities to engage directly with leaders from many contexts. In the process, you'll discover and unlock your own distinctive leadership style and potential.