Major Leadership Programs

The Center for Leadership offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year!  From our annual Leadership Academy to recognizing outstanding student leaders who earn the Ray Marvin Leadership Award, we have a lot to offer BGSU students, staff, and faculty interested in engaging in leadership development to become ethical and life-long leaders. In addition to our annual major leadership programs outlined below, we offer individual leadership facilitations open to anyone through our Exploring Your Leadership series. Learn more about these programs, check out our calendar of events for updated logistical information, and contact us at leadership@bgsu.edu

In collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Recreation and Wellness, the Center for Leadership also offers       Be the Creed Workshops.  

Fall Semester

Leadership Academy is the premier, annual leadership conference at Bowling Green State University, sponsored by the Center for Leadership, Office of Campus Campus Activities, Residence Life, and Fraternity and Sorority Life . This one-day event takes place on October 20th and engages students in educational sessions targeted toward their leadership development. Participants have the opportunity to explore personal and leadership values, network with other campus leaders, and develop the skills necessary for success.

The Center for Leadership’s Falcon Leadership Institute develops self-aware leaders who have the skills to build professional networks and create personal connections within their cohort and throughout campus. Guided by the ideals of servant leadership, students participate in service-learning and leadership projects that enhance the community. Participants begin earning the BGSU Leadership Certificate by learning the skills and competencies necessary for a successful life and career.


The Student Leader Retreat (SLR) has a strong tradition of bringing prominent BGSU student groups together to highlight the importance of their roles on campus. This 2 1/2-day experience is designed to build a foundation for a year of successful collaboration around student events, programs and projects.

Spring Semester

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SLA Talks are inspired by TED Talks and are an opportunity for the Student Leadership Assistant team to reflect on their own leadership journey. You can watch previous SLA Talks here.  

The LeaderShape® Institute is an intensive and energizing six-day program designed to encourage participants to become leaders with integrity. The curriculum is used on college campuses nationwide and participants become alumni of this prestigious program.  Click here for more information about LeaderShape.

Spring Awards


The Center for Leadership is pleased to announce the 8th annual Ray Marvin Leadership Awards to recognize the leadership contributions of BGSU students. Award recipients will receive a monetary gift ($2000) based on the assessment of their completed application, supporting materials, and finalist interview.

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The Women of Distinction award honors undergraduate or graduate student, staff members or faculty members with excellence, ingenuity and the ability to overcome barriers that still exist for women. The women selected for this honor represent a diversity of backgrounds, personal characteristics, life experiences and are lifelong advocates for promoting equity for women and girls everywhere.

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The Leadership Certificate Program is a self-paced, comprehensive, leadership development program designed to encourage and recognize student leadership education and experiences at Bowling Green State University. The Leadership Certificate Program Awards is an event that honors recipients and allows them an opportunity to share their capstone experience with their family, friends, and mentor.