Emerging Leaders FAll 2024 Registration Form - Available JUNE 2024

At MGA, we build leaders who will make an impact at the university, in their communities, and in their careers. Participants in Emerging Leaders develop the skills that will make them competitive for internships, campus leadership roles, and academic honors.  In the fall, members of Emerging Leaders participate in engaging team-based leadership roleplays where they can apply their skills to practical situations and build relationships with their peers.  Students who complete the fall sessions are rewarded with a corporate tour where they can see how a large corporation puts leadership into practice and what future career paths are available to them.  Students also get to attend the Student Leadership Conference, compete in the MGA Leadership Challenge, and serve with others during Leadership & Service Day.  

Upon completion one year of Emerging Leaders, students receive a completion certificate. Students who complete 2 years of the program will be eligible for a graduation cord.  Students who continue to participate in the Student Leadership Programs for a third year and beyond will be listed on a perpetual plaque located in the Center for Career & Leadership Development.

To qualify for Emerging Leaders, you must have completed 30 or more credit hours by the time you begin the program and have completed your first year of college. Transfer students, as well as returning students, are invited to participate.

At MGA, we believe that all students have the capacity to learn leadership skills and apply these skills in every situation they encounter.  Leadership isn't just for those elected to executive board positions or those who supervise others at work.  Leadership is for everyone and starts with the relationships you build with others (Kousez & Posner, 2013).

Emerging Leaders Experiences & Opportunities
Support for Getting Involved and Leading on Campus: 
Students in Emerging Leaders are challenged to complete the Leadership Tracker, a guide for engaging in all of the opportunities MGA  has to offer.  Opportunities include attending at least one campus organization meeting, completing a career advising and leadership consultation appointment, attending a networking event, learning about SGA and CAB, and much more.

Service Opportunities: Knights LEAD and Emerging Leaders students will participate in the MGA Day of Service (fall semester) and a Student Leadership Service Day (spring semester) with an area non-profit. 

Learning Opportunities: Although Emerging Leaders is an out-of-class activity, we learn about leadership using a well-known leadership model.  As a participant, you get to attend FREE interactive leadership role playing games and case study sessions based on the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, which focuses on the 8 C's:

  • Consciousness of Self (Self-awareness)
  • Congruence (Personal values)
  • Commitment (Character and excellence)
  • Collaboration (Enable Others to Act/Teamwork)
  • Common Purpose (Inspiring a Shared Vision/Mission)
  • Controversy with Civility (conflict management)
  • Citizenship (Giving back to the community and those you lead)

Students who complete Emerging Leaders are recognized at our annual recognition event and receive priority consideration for iLEAD. Every year students complete the Emerging Leader program expectations they receive a completion certificate. In addition to the certificate students completing their second year receive a graduation cord, those completing a third year will have their name added to the Leadership perpetual plaque.

How to Join Emerging Leaders
To let us know you're interested, please complete the registration below and attend the first meeting for your closest campus location.  Applicants should be MGA students in Fall 2024 and be at the sophomore, junior, or senior level in the fall.  We will post the fall schedule in August 2024.

Emerging Leaders FAll 2024 Registration Form - Available JUNE 2024

Questions?  Contact us at  leadership@mga.edu 


Additional Student Leadership Programs include Knights LEAD for new first-year/freshmen students and iLEAD Peer Educators for returning MGA upperclassmen who want to serve as peer mentors to other students.