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  • 2011 Big Ten Case Competitions Champions
  • Undergraduate Business program ranked #16 in the nation US News & World Report
  • #3 preferred institution for recruiters Wall Street Journal

“Because of LEAD I have seen the world. In high school, LEAD influenced me to pursue an undergraduate business degree. In college, LEAD connected me with some of my closest friends, allowed me to develop relationships with college deans. It exposed me to multiple career opportunities as well. LEAD has not only positively impacted me professionally, but has also helped define my college career.”

Imani Green | Mount Royal, NJ
BS Marketing and Management;
concentration in International Business; 2012

Leadership, Education, and Development Program

Build your future. Starting now.

Are you a minority high school student? Check out our Leadership, Education, and Development (LEAD) program. Since 2004, the College of Business has sponsored the the program, based out of Philadelphia. It's a partnership of business and academia that encourages the best and brightest minority high school students to pursue business careers.

The LEAD Summer Business Institute is designed to increase the number of underrepresented minority students graduating with a business degree, enhance their educational achievements, and ensure more minority students go on to pursue successful careers in business.

Here's how it works.

It starts with a 3-week curriculum…

Learn about the business world through an intensive three-week summer curriculum, where you'll discuss the basics of marketing, accounting, finance, economics, ethics, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Along with In-class instruction, you'll interact with prominent business leaders, visit several corporations in a variety of industries, and get info about career options through site visits with corporate sponsors.

…and ends with a case competition.

The program culminates with the LEAD Case Competition—a test of your ability to think and perform under pressure. Faced with real-world business issues in a simulated business environment, you'll work in small groups to apply the knowledge you've gained. You'll assess and analyze challenges to a company, and develop solutions. On the final Thursday, your group will make a final presentation and recommend real-world solutions to a board of judges consisting of corporate officials and select ILLINOIS faculty.

You'll come out better prepared to work on teams, recognize and provide solutions to practical business problems, and be one big step closer to starting your career.

LEAD planning team
William Qualls, Professor, Business Administration
Jewell White, Assistant Dean
Anthony Fontana, Assistant Director
Celeste Richardson, Program Assistant

Contact Jewell White, Assistant Dean, or Anthony Fontana, Assistant Director, at (217) 333-2740.

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