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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.

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Widener is definitely like a home away from home. I spend a lot of time here, so I’ve gotten used to the environment. It’s very comfortable and everyone here is really nice.

Dimple Gandevia

Dimple's Story
Naquawna Letman in her kitchen as executive chef

“Looking at all of the different positions I’ve worked in, I realized having a leadership degree would allow me to do anything I want."

Naquawna Letman

Naquawna's Story
Ryan Raiker walks in front of Quick Center with three students

I was recently named Director of the Year for excellence in marketing. Widener's pillar of leadership emboldens me. There’s a home for me at Widener and having a seat and getting involved teaches networking and time management.

Ryan Raiker

Ryan's Story
Brandon Matambo stands in the lobby of Quick Center; behind him is a stock ticker and students walking down steps

Widener is a really welcoming community, and the professors have been by my side the past couple of years, always able to help me with open arms.

Brandon Matambo

Brandon's Story
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When I was struggling with my own identity, Widener never turned its back against me. And that’s exactly the type of experience I want to provide other students.

Patton Vo

Patton's Story
Dante DiBattista stands in front of a powerpoint screen speaking to a room of Widener students

I attribute much of what has happened to me to Widener.

Dante DiBattista

Dante'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 Widener 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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Widener Leadership Institute

The engine behind our longstanding commitment to preparing graduates for lives of impact and distinction, the Widener 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.