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Penn State partners with Deloitte Foundation to support leadership development


By David Schwartz
Published: October 12th, 2020

Penn State has landed a commitment with long-time partner The Deloitte Foundation to match contributions from Deloitte professionals supporting the university’s Leadership Development Center, which will now be known as the Deloitte Foundation Leadership Development Center through the 2024-25 academic term.

“Deloitte has a large network of active Penn State alumni and friends,” said Deloitte Foundation Leadership Development Center Director and Penn State psychology professor Greg Loviscky. “As one of the leading providers across audit, tax, consulting and advisory services, they have a unique perspective on leadership. Deloitte representatives will be able to give students real-time feedback about their leadership competencies based on what the assessors see throughout the day. That kind of spotlight, in virtually any realm, is rare.”

Since opening over a decade ago, the Leadership Development Center has hosted more than 500 students with the help of more than 100 trained assessors. The program is a comprehensive leadership skill development exercise aimed at preparing students to enter the workforce.

Before each session, students review and write an executive summary of an assigned simulated organization. During the one-day sessions, they participate in simulated business activities designed to introduce the students to challenges and decisions they may face as leaders in various organizations. They also complete a personality inventory and other surveys that can aid in self-awareness.

“The Deloitte Foundation Leadership Development Center provides a unique cross-disciplinary professional development opportunity that allows students to immediately apply what they learned in their academic and organizational teams,” said Schreyer Honors College director of career development Lisa Kerchinski. “The personal insights as well as the competencies gained by participating in the program prepare students to be more effective team members and leaders.”

Source: Penn State News

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