Business Leader Development Program

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The Business Leader Development (BLD) Program prepares students to advance their career readiness and community connections by challenging them to become forward-thinking and inclusive business leaders. This sequence of four courses is designed to enhance your education and preparation for your career by supporting your personal and professional development and building a lasting community within GWSB.

BLD Program Learning Pillars

  1. Community Connections
  2. Pursuit of Academic Excellence
  3. Personal & Professional Identity
  4. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  5. Career Readiness

Course Information

BADM 1001 & 1002: Business Leader Foundations 1 & 2

First-year students are required to complete the BADM 1001 / 1002 sequence as the first step in the GWSB Business Leader Development Program.

The first semester, BADM 1001, focuses on self-assessment and vision-setting. In this semester, students explore their strengths, values, and begin to set goals for their development at GW and beyond. Students will also begin to familiarize themselves with the contemporary business landscape and conduct research on potential industries of interest. By developing a greater understanding of themselves, their interests, and the options available to them, students will lay the groundwork for deeper exploration and professional development.

The second semester, BADM 1002, builds on the self-assessment and vision-setting activities from BADM 1001 and focuses specifically on advancing a student's personal brand through business communication and inclusive leadership. Students will begin to explore the concepts of their personal brand as it relates to their future business career, leadership identity in the workplace, and the critical importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Additionally, students will review the differences between community, network, and networking and will practice using informational interviewing and other networking practices to deepen and broaden their connections. The semester will conclude with a unique capstone experience in the format of a case competition. The case competition will allow students to exercise critical thinking skills while applying what they have learned about communication, leadership, and teamwork into practice while analyzing a real-world business case.

BADM 1003: Business Leader Foundations for Transfer Students

The Business Leader Foundations for Transfer Students course helps students transition into the School of Business and succeed in and out of the classroom. Students learn about resources at GW and GWSB and work to better understand their strengths, values, passions and create academic and career goals. Students also develop career-based knowledge, begin preparation for business careers, learn about the importance of civility and integrity in business discourse, and develop as leaders. BADM 1003 is required for all internal/external transfer GWSB students.

BADM 3001: Business Leader Career Strategy

This course is a continuation of the Business Leader Development Program and focuses on career preparation for business students, such as defining career paths, job search strategies, and networking skills.

BADM 4001: Business Leader Launch

BADM 4001 Business Leader Launch will be offered for the first time in Fall 2021 and is an experiential learning course that is designed to enhance your education and preparation for your career. This experiential course focuses on synthesizing the knowledge you gained in the previous courses in the Business Leader Development (BLD) Program and in your other courses at GW into one culminating experience: whether it is an approved internship, undergraduate research, community engaged scholarship, or selected student leadership positions at GWSB.  

BADM 4001 is required for GWSB students in the Bachelor of Science degree program and can be repeated for credit up to 5 times for a maximum of 6 credits. Students can enroll in only one section of BADM 4001 in a given semester.

Registration

Registration into this course is facilitated by the Office of Undergraduate Programs (not through GWeb).  Students must obtain instructor approval to be registered for the course--permission varies across sections; detailed information for each section is below. Please review the permission requirements well in advance to help with your preparation for this course and ensure you have the information needed to request instructor approval for registration. 

Enrolling in this course involves students taking initiative - it is the student’s responsibility to seek out opportunities to register for this course. Students should start early, utilize the available resources if help is needed, and not wait until their final semester at GW to take this course. 

Note: If you register for BADM 4001 in the fall or spring semester, the fee is included in your tuition (up to 18 credit hours). However when you register for BADM 4001 in the summer, you have to pay per credit hour, as determined by the university.

Registration Enrollment Deadline

The required registration forms must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the first day of the semester you are enrolling. Students must be enrolled in BADM 4001 before the start of the semester.

Prerequisites

BADM 1001 and 1002; or BADM 1003 are required as prerequisites for this course. BADM 3001 is not a prerequisite, but students are highly encouraged to complete it prior to BADM 4001 in order to maximize your experience in the course and the overall BLD Program.

Restrictions

Must be a GWSB student currently in a Bachelor of Science Program that requires BADM 4001.

BADM 4001 Section Information & Details 

This section is for GWSB students who are selected to serve as Mentors for the Business Leader Development Program courses (BADM 1001 & 1002, BADM 1003, or BADM 3001).

  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring

  • Meeting Day/Time: This section is scheduled to meet on Thursdays from 5pm to 6pm ET in Fall 2021; this is in addition to the required weekly BLD Mentor meetings that are scheduled on Mondays from 5pm to 6pm ET.

  • Who is Eligible: Students who are currently serving and hired as Mentors in the BLD Program for the semester that you are enrolled in BADM 4001.

  • Registration Process: Facilitated by the Office of Undergraduate Programs

  • Point of Contact: Mr. Andrew Robinson, Program Associate for Student Leadership & Engagement

This section is for GWSB students who are recognized as members of the GWSB UBA Leadership Council as a representative or in an advanced leadership role. This includes UBA Executive Board members as well as the President and/or Executive Vice President (or equivalent) role of recognized GWSB undergraduate student organizations.

  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring

  • Meeting Day/Time: Please reference the GW Schedule of Classes for the meeting day/time.

  • Who is Eligible: Students who are recognized as a member of the GWSB UBA Leadership Council as a representative or in an advanced leadership role for the semester that you are enrolled in BADM 4001. This includes UBA Executive Board members as well as the President and/or Executive Vice President (or equivalent) role of recognized GWSB undergraduate student organizations.

  • Registration Process: Requests to register into this section must be sent through this link. Once eligibility is confirmed, registration will be facilitated by the Office of Undergraduate Programs.

  • Point of Contact: Mr. Ryan Lloyd, Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Programs & Community Initiatives

This section is for GWSB students who have been selected to conduct research with a GW Faculty Member.  

  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring

  • Meeting Day/Time: Please reference the GW Schedule of Classes for the meeting day/time.

  • Who is Eligible: Students who are selected for a formal undergraduate research experience for the semester you are enrolled in BADM 4001.

  • Registration Process:

    • To register for this course, the student must submit the BADM 4001 Undergraduate Research Agreement Form through the GWSB Undergraduate Programs Academic Forms site at least two weeks prior to the first day of the semester of enrollment. Be sure to read the Undergraduate Research Agreement in its entirety. Additional documentation and a signature from the faculty member are required.

    • Once approved, the Office of Undergraduate Programs will facilitate your registration into this course/section.

  • Point of Contact:  Dr. Raj Kanungo, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

This section is offered through a partnership with the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service. This section provides students with opportunities to work with local nonprofit and public service organizations, leveraging their business skills to contribute to these organizations’ capacity to serve our community and address social change. 

  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring

  • Meeting Day/Time: Please reference the GW Schedule of Classes for the meeting day/time.

    • The Fall 2021 semester runs from August 30-December 11th, allowing 15 weeks for service toward project goals. Allowing for on-boarding time, students serving five hours per week will meet the 70-hours of service expected for this one-credit course. Orientation, training, and work toward project goals whether completed on or off-site all contribute toward this requirement. Time spent traveling to/from site or completing course reflection assignments does not. 

  • Who is Eligible: Students who are selected for a formal Community-Engaged Scholarship Internship for the semester of enrollment in BADM 4001.

    • Students must apply for one of the Community-Engaged Scholarship (CES) Internships through the GW Serves GivePulse website.  

      • Note: New positions will continue to be added from March 2021 through July 2021. Student selection will continue on a rolling basis until positions are filled. 

      • Students must be selected before August 15, 2021 and must be enrolled and ready to begin orientation and training with their partner organization by the first day of class (late registrations to this course will not be allowed).

  • Additional Information: For more information, students can reference the Information Session Recording (Passcode: Fy7.LA5%)

  • Registration Process:

  • Point of Contact: Dr. Wendy Wagner, Director for Community-Engaged Scholarship

This section is for GWSB students who have been offered an internship for the semester in which they will enroll into this course.

  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer (starting Summer 2022)

  • Meeting Day/Time: Please reference the GW Schedule of Classes for the meeting day/time.

  • Who is Eligible: Students who are offered an internship for the semester they wish to enroll in BADM 4001. Important Note: this section must be taken in a separate semester if the student is enrolled in TSTD 4102.

    • It is the student’s responsibility to search for their own internship and complete all necessary steps for their internship search process.  Plan accordingly!  We strongly recommend starting the internship search at least 3-4 months in advance of the semester.  Some internship recruitment cycles even start 9-12 months in advance.  

    • Students can seek internships on their own or through the GW Handshake Website.

    • Students who need assistance with the internship search should meet with a staff member from the F. David Fowler Career Center.

  • Registration Process:

    • To register for this course, the student must submit the BADM 4001 Internship Agreement Form through the GWSB Undergraduate Programs Academic Forms site at least two weeks prior to the first day of the semester of enrollment. Be sure to read this document in its entirety. Additional documentation and a signature from your internship supervisor are required.

    • Once approved, the Office of Undergraduate Programs will facilitate your registration into this course/section.

  • Point of Contact: Dr. Mirasol Española, Executive Director for Undergraduate Programs