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Creating Experiential Opportunities for Leadership Education and Development (CEO LEAD)


Under the direction of the Office of Student Leadership Development and Traditions, the Creating Experiential Opportunities for Leadership Education and Development (CEO LEAD) program is based on the foundations of the Social Change Model for Leadership Development, which advances personal and professional development, builds group and team dynamic skills, and cultivates community engagement and responsibility through the values of the 7 C’s.

Student Leadership and Development offers numerous opportunities for leadership education/CEO LEAD credit through the Leadership Certificate Program (LCP), The Leadership Academy (TLA), Read to Lead Book Club, Reel Leadership Movie Series and conferences, retreats, and symposiums for all students to foster and enhance leadership skills, utilizing the principles and philosophies of the Social Change Model as a foundation.

CEO LEAD Certificates and Recognition

At the end of every academic year, SLDT hosts an Annual Awards & Recognition Reception to honor and recognize the achievements of those students who have sought to develop leadership skills both personally and professionally. The reception is open to any student who has participated in at least 1 LCP workshop during the academic year. Certificates are awarded to students who attended the minimum of 6 workshops.  Former presenters, faculty, staff and alumni are also honored for their dedication and contributions to the program and are invited and encouraged to attend. Learn more about the Leadership Certificate Program (LCP).

CEO LEAD Workshop Hosting

Your organization or office can host a CEO LEAD-certified program. Find out more here.

CEO LEAD Listserv

To stay up-to-date, join the CEO LEAD ListServ and receive e-Newsletters with announcements about workshops, schedule changes, additional leadership opportunities, and other information about the CEO LEAD Program.

History of the CEO/CEO LEAD Program

The CEO Program at Drexel was formed in the 1998-1999 academic year by the Office of Student Activities.  Initially, the program was designed to teach students’ skills that would help in the management of their student organizations.  As the program developed, workshops were offered to meet the needs of all students seeking leadership growth and development, and the number of certificates that could be earned went from 2, in 1998-1999, to 15 in 2010-2011.  Students earning certification also grew from two dozen in 1998-199, to 200+ in 2010-2011. More than 200 workshops were offered in 2010-2011, with a total attendance surging near 5,000.