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Levitt Leadership Programming

Here at the Levitt Center, you will find many opportunities to learn and practice the skills that will help you fulfill your career goals and become a leader for your community.

Levitt Leadership Institute News

Matias Wolansky '16, left and Nick Pappageorge '14 work on their project during the Levitt Social Innovation Fellows Program.
Levitt Social Innovation Fellows Seek Solutions to Global Problems

The Levitt Center kicked off its first ever Social Innovation Fellows Program during the second week of Hamilton’s spring break.  The program was designed and run by Anke Wessels, executive director of the Center of Transformative Action, a non-profit affiliated with Cornell University.  Her course, “Social Innovators and Entrepreneurship,” was selected by the Ashoka Foundation as one of the 10 best social entrepreneurship courses in the country in 2011. The Levitt program was a weeklong intensive program designed to be a condensed version of Wessel’s award-winning course.  More ...

Michael Nelson '16 left, and Alexandru Hirsu '17 speak with Anke Wessels, of Cornell University, center, as they work on a project together during the Levitt Social Innovation Fellows Program.
Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Course Under Way

Thirteen Hamilton students are spending a week of their spring break taking a new course in social entrepreneurship.  Anke Wessels of Cornell University is leading the course that introduces participants to social entrepreneurs, innovators and visionaries – people who are coming up with new methods to resolve pressing social problems.  More ...

Hamilton's Levitt Leaders in Washington, D.C.
Hamilton's Levitt Leaders Head to D.C.

Hamilton’s third annual Levitt Leadership Institute completed the second and final week of its program on March 21. The second week takes place in Washington, D.C., and focuses on four different events organized by the student groups.  The goals of the second week are to actively practice the leadership skills learned in week one (problem solving, interviewing, decision-making, and networking) while organizing and executing each event.  More ...

A Levitt Leadership group collaborates on a project.
Third Year of Levitt Leadership Institute: The Momentum Continues

Former U.S. Ambassador Prudence Bushnell dreamed of creating a leadership program for college-age students, but was not convinced it was possible. That is, until she came to the Hill as the visiting Linowitz professor and spent a semester with Hamilton students.  More ...

Third Annual Levitt Leadership Institute Underway

Twenty-five Hamilton students returned to campus 10 days before the spring semester begins to participate in the third Levitt Leadership Institute (LLI).  The program was designed and is led by Ambassador Prudence Bushnell with the assistance of Christine Powers and is intended to provide  leadership training for students. The LLI was made possible by the financial support of Arthur Levitt, Jr. P '81, and the Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation.  More ...

History of the Levitt Leadership Initiative

Thanks to the generous financial support of Arthur Levitt, Jr. P'81, and the Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation, the Levitt Center began its leadership programming in 2011 with the first Levitt Leadership Institute. The Institute gives selected students across academic disciplines two weeks of hands-on training in personal leadership skills, along with real life challenges to make a positive difference using those skills. The Levitt Center is also leading an effort to incorporate the teaching of leadership skills across the curriculum through hosting faculty workshops and providing course development grants. In addition, Mr. Levitt has provided new funding for public service internships and Levitt Research Group Grants to expand opportunities for team and individual work in public affairs.

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