Lessons in Leadership

"I always thought that a leader has to have all the answers. But this class has shown me that what matters is being able to ask the right questions," said Mark Schleyer, describing his recent experience in the Lundquist College's Leadership in Action course. Led by senior instructor Anne Forrestel, the annual course gives a group of twenty juniors and seniors the opportunity to work on consulting projects for area nonprofits and local government agencies. This fall's clients included St. Vincent de Paul, housing support provider ShelterCare, the Lane Coalition for Healthy and Active Youth, and the Assistance League of Eugene. Students build real-world skills as they tackle the unpredictable challenges these projects provide. Even after the term ends, the experience lives on for many students who--seeing how their business education can make a meaningful difference for nonprofit organizations--make a long-term commitment to community service.