Purdue Athletics is committed to the total development of each of its student-athletes. One key component in their development is leadership. The John R. Wooden Leadership Institute is a vehicle to help young people grow and develop the tools to become tomorrow's leaders. It utilizes coach Wooden's own Pyramid of Success as its foundation. Purdue student-athletes attend classes and seminars as they focus on each of the strategic building blocks that Wooden thought so valuable.
PYRAMID OF SUCCESS SPEAKER SERIES
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The John R. Wooden Leadership Institute utilizes resources developed by coach Wooden. Resources include the legendary Pyramid of Success, the teachings of Wooden and books written by Wooden. The curriculum includes a public-service component during each year of enrollment at Purdue.
Monthly meetings of the Boilermaker Athletic Council, monthly meetings of the Emerging Leaders, fall and spring EDPS courses for freshmen student-athletes, transition programs for exhausted eligibility student-athletes, community service projects, D.I.S.C. behavioral assessment under the direction of leadership advisor Cathy Wright-Eger. Seminars are taught by current athletics department administrators, coaches, institutional administrators, alumni and corporate leaders.
CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
Purdue student-athletes that complete the John R. Wooden Institute curriculum receive the prestigious certificate of achievement. At the conclusion of the senior year, student-athletes must write an essay describing their experience in the institute and how they plan to utilize the teachings in the future. The certificate of achievement is presented each year at the Golden Pete Awards.
LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD
In February of 2016, the John R. Wooden Leadership Institute received a Leadership Excellence Award by HR.com, placing third among college and universities in the category of "Certificate Program with Emphasis on Leadership/Organizational Development." The prestigious Leadership Awards salute the world's top leadership practitioners and programs and highlight their roles in developing their most important asset - their people.
2017-18 MEETING DATES
Boilermaker Athletic Council (SAAC) meets at 6 a.m. in the All-American Dining Room in Cary Quad
Emerging Leaders meets at 8 p.m. in the King Conference Room in Mackey Arena