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Honors Program

Lessons in Leadership


Lessons in Leadership is a semester-long course offered by the President of FGCU. This is no ordinary leadership course. The course works to get students to think about leadership by engaging members of the Southwest Florida Community who have extraordinary leadership experience. Our guests have distinguished backgrounds. We have had ambassadors, CFOs, CEOs, entrepreneurs, politicians, journalists, and philanthropists, all of whom have distinguished national or international reputations.

Each class begins with one of our guests informally talking to the class about her or his individual path toward leadership. This is followed by a short interview with the FGCU President, with the floor subsequently being opened up for questions from the students. Following the class, we have an informal reception that allows students the opportunity to mingle (and get some "face time") with our invited guest.