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Undergraduate Student Programs

The Walter Center prides itself of offering The Select and Emerging Leadership Development Programs for high achieving undergraduate students giving them the opportunity to explore their leadership identity through self-awareness assessments, curriculum, experiential learning and active mentoring. By modeling this program and its approach based on the Top 25 Companies for Leaders we strive to offer relevant learning that transfers directly to the workplace of today. Our Select and Emerging Leaders have the opportunity to learn about the successes and challenges of leaders from company visits with industry executives of companies such as Cardinal Health, Whirlpool, Dell, Microsoft and Amazon. We aim to continuously expose students to the challenges of leadership before they begin employment to facilitate development of a long-term journey of self-discovery, reflection and leadership renewal. Students from these programs experience 100% placement in top organizations and graduate programs around the world.



Accelerating personal growth, professional development, and the capacity for leadership.


Sierra Smith Selectleaders161Select Leaders is one of the College of Business’ selective programs for students who want to differentiate themselves, students who are hungry to embark on a journey of self-discovery, coaching, and experiences, and students who are ready to develop into future leaders of integrity and the highest ethical standards.

"My favorite part of Select Leaders has always been, and will always be, the people. This organization is full of amazing students and teachers, who consistently support, inspire, and motivate me to be better. They have instilled the importance of developing relationships and surrounding one’s self with good people. It has in turn, made me more invested in all of my relationships and interactions." -Sierra Smith 




Aspire to be


Patrick Kelley EmergingSimilar to other selective leadership development programs in the college, Emerging Leaders explores The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Emerging Leaders also explore authentic leadership through a study of True North. Peer mentors facilitate small groups of approximately five students to discuss its teachings and discover principled center leadership.

"There are so many opportunities to develop not only as a leader but to become a more rounded individual overall. From self-assessment to active exercises, Emerging Leaders is a transformational experience. Everyone has a common goal of self-development and is willing to go the extra step in helping each other achieve that." -Patrick Kelley 



Attract. Develop. Launch.


Hickle Sadie20180411cob Headshots066elOur mission is to attract high potential young women to the field of business through targeted outreach and events. To develop women interested in the field of business by hosting speakers, leadership development processes, professionalism workshops, mentoring programs, social gatherings, and parterships with other organizations. To launch women into the workplace after preparing them with networking sessions and other opportunities to gain a competitive position.  

"OWIB has been such an asset to my learning experience here at OU. From learning basic professional skills, to taking on leadership positions, and applying knowledge learned in classes. I have been able to lead teams, learn to navigate difficult conversations, and always be professional and kind while uplifting other women. Additionally, I have been able to build a strong network of connections through various speakers, events, and networking trips." -Sadie Hickle