Emerging Leaders

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! (click here to register)

Emerging Leaders provides students a fun and exciting method to discover and develop their personal capacity to lead effectively during college and in their future profession. The foundation of the program is one of self-discovery as the basis for leadership and is consistent with advance leadership theory. Emerging Leaders introduces and reinforces 5 key principles of leadership: Valuing Others, Integrity, Self Knowledge, Accountability, and Change.

"I completed the Emerging Leaders program during my freshman year and was amazed with the positive impact that the program made in the lives of all of the participants that I served as a Peer Facilitator the following semester. I continue to recommend the program to my friends and classmates as a junior. 

Initially, I approached the weekend session like a class, expecting to sit at a desk and reference a textbook— I couldn’t have been more wrong. We began the first day on our feet and interacting with each other in a really fun way. Each session features an engaging activity, which challenged me to put myself out there and explore the fundamentals of leadership. That weekend, I gained an OCC core requirement that inspired me to complete the program, a useful addition to my resume and a group of friends. As a Peer Facilitator, I enjoyed watching my learners develop the confidence to pursue internships, captain's positions on sports teams, and leadership roles across campus.

Participating in Emerging Leaders is one of the best decisions I’ve made since coming to Pitt."

Joelle Smith, Junior, English and Communications Major

The world of today is ever changing, to be effective, leaders must first know themselves. Emerging Leaders is a personal leadership development program that introduces the skills and theories that highlight the five fundamentals of leadership: 


  1. Valuing Others

  2. Integrity

  3. Self Knowledge

  4. Accountability

  5. Change


Traditional Format - 10 week option PROGRAM KICKS OFF ON January 19th & 20th 2016 

Emerging Leaders uses an experiential, hands-on approach over 9 weeks that allows students to learn by doing rather than being lectured to. Sessions revolve around small and large group discussions, team building activities, community engagement, leadership continuums and role playing. Topics covered include group dynamics, diversity, leadership theory and practice, ethics and values, conflict management, and develop of your leadership pathway.

The sessions meet 2 hours a week during the same day and time in either your small group or in the large group meetings. Here are the sessions we are offering:

Tuesday 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Tuesday 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Wednesday 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Wednesday 6:00 - 8:00 PM


NEW FORMAT - Weekend Options

Weekend 1 - January 29-31, 2016
Weekend 2 - March 18-20, 2016

This format will provide students the opportunity to experience the hands-on, experiential learning approach to leadership development in a condensed weekend format while staying on campus.  The same topics and activities as the traditional 10 week format will be featured.  

Students can pick from one of two weekends offered.  The weekend option will have an intense schedule and students should be prepared to be actively engaged in the program for the entire duration of the weekend.  Click here for a sample schedule.  Questions about the schedule can be directed to 412-648-7831.


Who is an Emerging Leader?

Undergraduate students who have the drive and desire to improve their leadership skills and effectiveness in teams and organizations.

What will I get out of Emerging Leaders?

  1. Understanding of your leadership skills and style

  2. Opportunity to practice and experiment with new leadership behavior

  3. Receive feedback on your style and behavior

  4. Plan for your on-going leadership development

Registration Fee 

The Emerging Leaders Program has a $20 non refundable registration fee.  Registrants can pay this fee with cash, check, or Panther Funds.  Cash or check should be brought to the Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development, 617 William Pitt Union.  Panther Funds can be utilized by going to Panther Central to pay for the program.

 For questions regarding scholarship options or financial questions about the registration fee please contact Deron Jackson at dtj7@pitt.edu or 412-648-7831.