Leadership Development

The Marvin Center aspires to develop leaders who serve their communities and lead for the public good.

How do we do that?

We offer workshops, resources and special programs on every facet of leadership. Learn the critical skills you need to become a leader of integrity.


Leaders never stop learning. Let us help you build a better team. 

Faculty, staff and students can request workshops on any leadership topic that interests you: 

  • Group dynamics
  • How to influence and inspire others
  • Conflict resolution
  • Goal setting
  • Networking
  • And so much more

Request a workshop

Student leadership conference

We offer this conference each fall for students interested in developing leadership skills. Sessions cover topics from teamwork and the power of apologies to designing your social impact and handling conflict.

  • Explore your values
  • Network with other student leaders
  • Develop the skills to achieve personal, academic and professional success

Leadership minor

Learn leadership skills that are useful for careers in any field.

The 18-credit leadership minor at BGSU is a collaboration between the Marvin Center and the College of Education and Human Development. It is open to students in any major.

Leadership minor requirements

Omicron Delta Kappa honor society

This is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious leadership honor societies. The Beta Tau chapter at BGSU was created in 1949. It has honored more than 1,700 students, faculty, staff and alumni for leadership and service.

How to apply to Omicron Delta Kappa

Leadership opportunities for first-year students

Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute is a semester-long leadership program for first-year students. It combines an academic course with service projects, a retreat and social events.

Applications open in June for students entering in the fall.

Leadership Institute 

Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy

Each year, 40 high school students are chosen for this prestigious, four-year leadership development program. PLA scholars receive a four-year, renewable scholarship for in-state tuition and fees. 

The comprehensive leadership curriculum is grounded in servant leadership and includes:

  • Classes and workshops
  • Mentorship
  • Experiential learning
  • Community service
  • One-on-one monthly meetings with staff

Applications open in October for accepted students entering in the fall. Only high school seniors may apply.

President’s Leadership Academy requirements

Updated: 01/25/2024 08:53AM