The Division of Student Affairs considered recommendations gathered from a 2010 Co-op Report and developed a newly redesigned and revamped leadership program for Drexel’s diverse student body, encompassing all students including commuters, adult-learners, and our graduate and online population. While the older CEO (Creating Excellent Organizations) Program was effective in many ways – and award-winning, receiving the 2004-2005 ACPA National Program of the Year honors – it failed to involve all sectors of our diverse student population and lacked a learner-centered approach that effectively assessed student development experiences and outcomes.
Student Affairs proudly launched the new student leadership program in January 2012. Under the direction of the Office of Student Leadership Development & Traditions [SLDT], the new program offers the best aspects of the old version while incorporating today’s best practices in academia. The program – CEO LEAD (“Creating Experiential Opportunities for Leadership Education and Development”) – is based on the foundations of the Social Change Model for Leadership Development. CEO LEAD is based on the foundations of the SCM, which advances personal and professional development, builds group and team dynamic skills, and cultivates community engagement and responsibility through the values of the “7 C’s”
The CEO LEAD program offers numerous opportunities, through the Leadership Certificate Program (LCP), The Leadership Academy (TLA), the Read to Lead Book Club, the Reel Leadership Movie Series, Conferences, Retreats & Symposiums, and Star Awards, for all students to foster and enhance leadership skills, utilizing the principles and philosophies of the Social Change Model as a foundation.
Leadership Assistants support SLDT’s mission and help to provide Student Organization Leadership Trainings & Resources. Together, our team offers a wide variety of leadership development resources for students via our Virtual Leadership Library. These resources are designed to assist you while in college and in later life roles. Taking advantage of these resources will provide you with training and skills that will broaden your educational experience and leadership capabilities. In addition, we maintain a physical Leadership Library in the Dean of Students Suite/Conference Room and the SORC. This Library is complete with a variety of books, videos, icebreakers, team builders, and curriculum for leadership development.
At the end of every academic year, SLDT hosts an Annual Recognition & Awards Reception to honor and recognize the achievements of those students who have sought to develop leadership skills both personally and professionally. The reception is open to any student who has participated in at least one (1) LCP workshop during the academic year. Certificates are awarded to students who attended the minimum of six (6) workshops. Former presenters, faculty, staff and alumni are also honored for their dedication and contributions to the program and are invited and encouraged to attend.
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Brief History of the CEO Program
The CEO Program at Drexel was formed in the 1998-1999 academic year by the Office of Student Activities. Initially, the program was designed to teach students’ skills that would help in the management of their student organizations. As the program developed, workshops were offered to meet the needs of all students seeking leadership growth and development, and the number of certificates that could be earned went from 2, in 1998-1999, to 15 in 2010-2011. Students earning certification also grew from two dozen in 1998-199, to 200+ in 2010-2011. More than 200 workshops were offered in 2010-2011, with a total attendance surging near 5,000!