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Business Bobcats Journey to NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar

Thursday, March 21 2019 11:00am

Four OHIO graduate students traveled to Indianapolis for the NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar

By: Quintin Lash

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While Ohio University’s nationally renowned graduate programs provide a world-class education in the College of Business, students are encouraged to augment their education outside of Athens. In early February, three students from OHIO’s MBA program, as well as one Master of Sports Administration student, had the opportunity to attend the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Emerging Leaders Seminar (ELS) in Indianapolis.

The three-day program, hosted at the NCAA headquarters, provides over 200 graduate students from across the nation with an intensive slate of seminars, professional development activities, and leadership workshops. According to the NCAA,attending the seminar “educates, develops and connects selected participants, and can increase the likelihood for rapid career progression within college sports.”

As part of the program, attendees were asked to form teams, workshop their leadership styles, and ultimately, present their recommendations from a real-world case study. “The case we presented to the NCAA staff was very valuable,” said MBA candidate Keimairra Haylock. “It was challenging, realistic and required extreme thoughtfulness. Upon completion, I understood my own leadership style and was able to connect with my peers in a way that would not have been possible without working on the case together.”

While the Bobcats that attended the seminar benefited greatly from the formal programming, the most valuable opportunity at ELS was the opportunity to learn from their peers across the nation.

“There were a variety of interns, GAs, and grad students that were from all over the country, with different interests and roles,” said MBA candidate Kayla Robles.

“My favorite part was hearing about their experiences and the ability to learn from each other.”

And even though ELS has ended, the attendees are equipped to continue as leaders within the classroom.

“Having an understanding of different roles, interests, and leadership styles is making me a more well-rounded leader. I’m more open to different responsibilities and can apply my own personal style to every situation,” said Robles.

In Ohio University’s MBA program, students are encouraged to seek out opportunities, both internal and external, to develop professionally. The four Bobcats who attended the Emerging Leaders Seminar in Indianapolis have personified the name, as they’re further suited to continue elevating the MBA program as leaders within their cohort.