Leadership Academy @ Saunders Experiences

From providing individuals and employers with the necessary tools, to experiential based virtual and in classroom workshops, teams of leadership experts will work with you to achieve sustainable results to help individuals and organizations achieve their goals, increase their bottom line and improve their effectiveness and productivity for sustainable success. 

Leadership Academy @ Saunders is available to high school, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni and employers. Explore the options below to find leadership opportunities tailored for you.

High School Student Programs

Students Leading Business Camp
Offered at RIT's Camp Tiger during the summer, Students Leading Business is open to high school students (grades 9 - 12). The workshop provides high schoolers with the opportunity to learn about a variety of business fields while engaging in dynamic leadership skill-building activities. Announcing 2021 dates: July 12 - 16, register today!

DECA Region 10 Conference at RIT
Saunders College is proud to partner with local and national high school organizations like DECA. Each year, Saunders College hosts the DECA Region 10 Conference at RIT, inviting DECA students to present their business plans to local business leaders who serve as the competition’s judges.

YEA Conference & Competition
Saunders College is a proud sponsor of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!). Each year, Saunders College hosts the YEA! Saunders Scholars Competition, which brings together top student businesses from around the country to compete to win scholarship dollars and business start-up prize packages.

Women Leading Business Event
This event invites high school women (grades 9-11) interested in learning more about careers in business from successful women business leaders. More information on date and registration for 2021 coming soon!

Undergraduate Student Programs

Peer Mentorship Program
The Peer Mentorship Program assists incoming business students to become acclimated to Saunders College of Business & RIT’s campus, for a strong and successful start to your college career.

Leadership Academy Certificate Programs
The free certification programs at Saunders provide all students at RIT, across all colleges/majors, to build personal leadership skills for co-op and career success in a fun and engaging environment.

  • Leading High Performance Teams Certificate Program - Fall
  • Saunders Foundational Leadership for Career Success Certificate Program - Spring
  • Leading Change in a Global Environment Certificate Program - Coming Soon

Women Leading Business Conference - Spring 2021

Leadership Case Competition Day
Put your leadership knowledge and skills to the test and compete for cash prizes with students from across the RIT campus to solve complex leader challenges in a fun team environment. Dinner provided. Spring Semester – dates for 2022 coming soon.

    Graduate Student Programs

    Saunders Leadership Fellows Program
    With a guaranteed 50% scholarship and mentorship from industry professionals, this program provides a unique opportunity for graduate students to enhance your education while getting your graduate business degree.

    Leadership Academy Certificate Programs
    The free certification programs at Saunders provide all students at RIT, across all colleges/majors, to build personal leadership skills for co-op and career success in a fun and engaging environment.

    • Leading High Performance Teams Certificate Program - Fall
    • Saunders Foundational Leadership for Career Success Certificate Program - Spring
    • Leading Change in a Global Environment Certificate Program - Coming Soon

    Women Leading Business Conference - Spring 2021

    Leadership Case Competition Day
    Put your leadership knowledge and skills to the test and compete for cash prizes with students from across the RIT campus to solve complex leader challenges in a fun team environment.  Dinner provided.  Spring Semester – dates for 2022 coming soon.

    Community Members, Alumni and Business Professionals

    Step Forward Women's Coaching & Leadership Development Retreat
    This intensive, two-day coaching and development experience gives you the tools, resources, and support to get where you’re going—quickly. Immediately apply what you learn. Share best practices with your talented peers. Build the foundation for a life of leadership—at work, at home, in your community.

    Women’s Professional Leadership Program
    Build your leadership skills and a strong network at the same time!  This 8 week program will give participants the opportunity to learn and practice critical concepts for career success including: communication and presentation skills, vision, strategy, and goal setting, courage & confidence, resilience, self-advocacy, and negotiation skills. Leader assessments and Coaching included. More information coming soon on dates and offerings.

    Professional Personal Leadership Program
    3 day program to build professional skills for workplace success. Focused activities and reflection on the following topics: self-awareness & management, managing your boss, emotional intelligence at work, personal goal setting, growing your influence and personal power. DISC and Emotional intelligence Assessments provided. More information coming soon on dates and offerings.

    Leading Dynamic Teams Program
    3 day program to learn and practice the critical skills to lead people and achieve organizational and team results.  Focused activities and reflection on self-awareness through a 360 coaching and development process, team assessments, setting a vision, creating a positive work culture, managing conflict, practicing accountability and achieving results. More information coming soon on dates and offerings.

    Customized Workshops and Programs
    Our customized workshops and programs cover a variety of topics via Saunders Executive Education, including emotional intelligence at work, building productive work relationships, resiliency and courage, team dynamics and high performing team techniques, emerging leaders program, credible leadership, leading change, and performance management.

    Individual and Team coaching