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The Leadership Academy, a collaboration between the College of Business and Leadership Wyoming, is an immersive co-curricular experience for University of Wyoming students that helps prepare them to be economic and civic leaders.

The Leadership Academy is for high achieving students with prior leadership experience and a desire to foster economic development through innovation and collaboration. Students will explore Wyoming industries, meet with civic business leaders, and learn how to leverage systems leadership to enhance and transform Wyoming’s economy. Prospective students seeking to apply and faculty or staff members aiming to nominate students for this competitive application process can utilize the link provided below. 

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Dates & Locations

Aug. 23, 2024: Welcome & Orientation (Laramie, WY)

Sept. 5-6, 2024: Energy Focus (Casper, WY)

Oct. 3-5, 2024: Manufacturing Focus (Sheridan, WY)

Nov. 7-9, 2024: Tourism Focus (Lander, WY)

Dec. 6, 2024: Final Presentations & Graduation (Laramie, WY)


Session Details

Session 1: Welcome & Orientation
The Leadership Academy kicks off with a one-day orientation during with students meet their cohort and are briefed on foundational philosophies and principles for the leadership academy experience, including Systems Leadership, interpersonal engagement, teaming, and personal ethics. Students will be briefed on three statewide site visits to explore critical industrial areas driving the state’s economy and form plans to address important needs therein.

Session 2: Energy Focus
Wyoming’s energy industry has a rich history of leaning on the state’s abundant natural resources, but social, economic, and technological changes present challenges and opportunities that must be confronted. Students will discuss how leaders in this industry can bring about sustainable change.

Session 3: Manufacturing Focus
Wyoming’s tax code and abundance of natural resources create an optimal environment for manufacturing companies, but infrastructure and the absence of human resources are missing elements, and the industry has not realized the sustainable growth it could. Students will discuss how leaders of manufacturing firms can work together to recruit and retain talent, as well as to develop critical infrastructure.

Session 4: Tourism Focus
Tourism and hospitality remain a major industry in Wyoming because of the State’s natural beauty and wide-open spaces. However, the industry remains stuck at its current levels because of low access to human capital and outdated management practices. How can the tourism industry’s leaders drive real change and attract a new generation of employees and tourists? 

Session 5: Final Presentations & Graduation
The Leadership Academy concludes with students presenting evidence-based solutions to the problems presented to them during their statewide visits. In attendance will be leaders within the three explored industries. Finally, students are celebrated during a closing recognition ceremony.


Important Information

  • All lodging & meals for each session will be provided. 
  • Transportation will be provided for students to and from offsite sessions. 
  • Attendance at all meeting sessions is expected. 
  • Leadership Academy is a three-credit course. Course contact hours occur during the meeting dates.

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