Calling all aspiring innovation leaders ready to Be The Difference.
Applications for fall 2023 are now closed.
The Excellence in Leadership (E-Lead) Program will be seeking second-year sophomores from across the university for the next cohort set to begin the program in Spring 2024.
Applications are available Monday, September 25th and are due by noon on Monday, October 23rd, 2023. .
In E-Lead, we’re not talking about how to embrace best practices. We’re talking about how you can think and act in different ways that create value by addressing important problems. We’re talking about becoming the innovation leader that might just change the world and in the process, change you.
We care about who you are, what you have done, and who you want to become. Some of you might be stepping into this program with various leadership experiences. For others, this may be your first time encountering the constructs of leadership. We believe everyone has the capacity to lead and you have a lot of runway ahead of you. Leadership is a lifelong journey. Our commitment is to provide you with a supportive community, relevant curriculum, and memorable experiences to help you become the leader you want to be. If you're eager to participate in a program that will challenge you to move outside your comfort zone so that you can be the next great innovation leader that our world needs, we encourage you to apply.
What You're Looking For
You're here for a reason. E-Lead may be a great match for you if:
- You're intentional about wanting to grow as a leader.
- You're seeking to develop confidence to realize the impact you envision.
- You hear a small voice inside calling you forth to a larger purpose, but you aren’t sure where it's leading you or how to get there.
- You're eager to participate in a program that will challenge you to move outside your comfort zone
- You know you have one life and want to do something big with it.
What We're Looking For
We welcome Marquette second-year sophomores in good standing from across disciplines to apply to the program. We are particularly looking for students who:
- Are driven and dedicated to being involved and to learning how to apply concepts related to leading oneself, leading with others, and leading innovation.
- Are curious and want to develop creative solutions to address today’s problems with others.
- Are aspiring passionate leaders committed to serving others and a purpose larger than themselves.
- Are self-motivated to develop their capacity to lead people, and to lead change and to make meaningful difference in the world.
- Are in their second year of college, not first-year students with sophomore standing.
What E-Lead's Alumni Say About the Program
The Excellence in Leadership (E-Lead) Program is seeking sophomores from across the university for the cohort set to begin the program in Spring 2024. Applications are available starting Monday, September 25th and are due by noon on Monday, October 23rd, 2023.
|Applications for Fall 2023 are now closed.
Application Timeline - Spring 2024 Cohort
- Information Sessions: Sophomore students who are considering applying to the E-Lead Program are strongly encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about the program, ask questions, and hear from current E-Lead participants. Students can attend one of the below information sessions:
Thursday, October 5th from 5:00-6:00pm (O’Brien Hall 417)
Monday, October 9th from 12:00-1:00pm (O’Brien Hall 417)
Tuesday, October 10th 6:30-7:30pm (Microsoft Teams - REGISTER ONLINE)
Wednesday, October 11th from 5:00-6:00pm (O’Brien Hall 417)
- Monday, October 23rd at 12:00pm CST: Application deadline
- Friday, November 10th, 2023: Application status update - students will be notified if they have moved to the next stage of round robin interviews.
- Friday, November 17th, 2023 between 5:00-7:00pm CST: Interview date and time - When notified about an interview, students will be assigned a specific 45 minute window during this timeframe.
- Wednesday, November 23rd, 2023: Notification of acceptance
- Wednesday, November 29th, 2023: Program overview meeting for incoming cohort (required)
- Tuesday, January 9th through Friday, January 12th, 2024: The Institute leadership retreat (required) to be held at an off-site location. Please note that you MUST be able to attend the Institute in its entirety in order to participate in the E-Lead Program. Please check your calendars prior to applying for the program.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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Why should I apply to E-Lead?
Participation in E-Lead provides students with opportunities to:
- Develop leadership skills highly sought after by employers
- Build their professional network.
- Gain practical leadership experience by shadowing industry leaders and making meaning of co-op, internship, research and / or service experiences through the lens of various leadership frameworks.
- Be part of a community of students committed to personal growth, leadership development and making a difference in their personal and professional lives.
How do I know if E-Lead is right for me?
In E-Lead, we’re not talking about how to embrace best practices. We’re talking about how you can think and act in different ways that create value by addressing important problems. We’re talking about becoming the tipping point that might just change the world and in the process, change you.
We care about what you have done and about who you want to become. Your resume is your “what.” We want to know your “why.” If you're eager to participate in a program that will challenge you to move outside your comfort zone so that you can be the next great innovation leader that our world needs, we encourage you to apply.
I have had a lot of leadership experiences and roles. Is this program for me?
Is your resume stacked with leadership roles and experiences? If yes, great. We believe leadership is a lifelong journey and there’s always room for growth.
How do I know if I'm eligible to apply to E-Lead?
- Enrollment as a second-year, full-time student at Marquette
*Transfer students must have three years remaining on campus
*AP credit does not count towards second-year standing
- Minimum GPA of 2.8/4.0 at time of application and maintained throughout the program
- Good disciplinary standing with the university at time of application and maintained throughout the program
Isn't E-Lead just for engineering students?
No! As of 2019, E-Lead is open to all majors across Marquette. This program is open to all undergraduate students, it just happens to be housed in the Opus College of Engineering. E-Lead draws strength as an interdisciplinary program. Innovation is a team sport that requires multiple disciplines.
Do I have to be nominated to apply to E-Lead?
Is there a cost to participate in E-Lead?
Thanks to many very generous foundations and individuals who believe in developing young people's capacity to innovate and to lead, there is no additional cost to full-time undergraduate students to participate in E-Lead, other than paying for a few textbooks for courses in the program. E-Lead pays for students to participate in a variety of experiences beyond the classroom, including a week-long leadership development retreat, workshop fees and materials, travel to shadow industry leaders and several leadership behavioral assessments. We are deeply thankful to all who have contributed their financial support, time, talent and efforts to our students.
How does the application process work?
Students interested in applying to E-Lead should complete the program application, which includes a series of short answer questions. We ask that you combine your responses to the short answer questions and your current resume in one .pdf document. After you upload this document, you will be asked to respond to some basic demographic questions and simple questions related to your eligibility for the program. Applications are due at NOON on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023. Students will be notified if they have moved to the next stage of round robin interviews by Friday, November 10th.
Who can I contact if I have any questions?
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact:
Kate Trevey, Director of Engineering and Innovation Leadership Development
Andrea Minkley, Associate Director of Engineering and Innovation Leadership Development
Jennifer Benjamin, Associate Director of Engineering and Innovation Leadership Development