Educating Ethical Leaders

A Radical Transformation in Higher Education

In today's global marketplace, employees must use ethical approaches to leadership to tackle market uncertainty and volatility. With ethics as a cornerstone of our University curriculum, we're at the forefront of preparing leaders to meet these challenges. Our four-year programs and hands-on approach help prepare students to confront the unpredictability of the global economy and lead the companies of tomorrow. 

Four-Year Programs

From a student's first day on campus to graduation, our four-year programs prepare a select number of students to meet tomorrow's diverse leadership challenges. Our programs couple coursework with community activism and professional growth, with students working closely with mentors and classmates to grasp the importance of ethics in leadership.

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Pioneer Leadership Program

Each year, 88 incoming students join the Pioneer Leadership Program. They live and take classes together, explore what it means to be a leader and learn a value-based, personal code of ethics. Cohort members develop leadership perspectives grounded in ethical awareness and social responsibility, dedicating 5,000 hours annually to community-based organizations locally and globally.

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Excelling Leaders Institute

Helping create an open and inclusive campus, the Excelling Leaders Institute helps over 150 students to cultivate their strengths while developing their leadership skills. The Institute supports students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds as they become active change agents through academics, professional growth and social engagement.

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CWC Leadership Scholars

Providing academic and financial support to 12 women from first-generation and/or underrepresented populations, the CWC Leadership Scholars Program blends coursework and community-based learning. With workshops, job-shadowing, mentoring and a four-year sequence that supports community impact, this program prepares leaders for a more gender-inclusive 21st century.

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The Business of Doing Good

Grounded in ethics, the transformational experience at Daniels College of Business teaches students to face the 21st century core challenges. As a learning community dedicated to global action and influence, we join corporate and non-profit partners to solve the tough business issues of our day and seize the opportunities to innovate for the public good. We also provide hands-on learning experiences like Leading at the Edge, which helps many graduate students to hone leadership skills in stressful conditions. 

Daniels College of Business is recognized by Bloomberg Business Week as one of the "Top Undergraduate Business Schools for Ethics."

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Institute for Enterprise Ethics

The Institute for Enterprise Ethics provides access to knowledge and personal experience in enterprise ethics to business leaders and the University community. The Institute helps young executives and directors to learn about ethics in business while also providing networking opportunities with leaders interested in social responsibility and governance.

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Business Ethics & Legal Studies

Supporting programs at Daniels, our Business Ethics and Legal Studies department provides coursework in business law, conflict resolution and social responsibility. Daniels and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies also offer a joint certificate in Global Business and Corporate Social Responsibility that prepares students to lead ethically in the world economy.

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Ethics Boot Camp: Instilling Character

Each quarter, the Ethics Boot Camp teaches undergraduate students the importance of character development and how business leaders form ethical habits over time. Nearly 4,500 students have participated in Ethics Boot Camp, and it has become a cornerstone of the undergraduate experiences of Law and Ethics majors and minors.

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Finding a Pioneer Leader

With education deeply rooted in ethics and leadership, our students and graduates can help companies meet the ethical challenges of a global marketplace. Our Office of Career & Professional Development can help connect you with leaders with training at the forefront of this radical transformation. 

Whether you're seeking a recent graduate or an experienced professional, we'll help you...

  • post job openings
  • search resumes in our Pioneer Careers database
  • host on-campus interviews
  • network with leadership-focused organizations and programs