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The Aspire Program

Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Creativity

The world needs leaders. With 40 percent of jobs likely to change significantly within the next 10 years, students’ ability to lead, create, and find new solutions to problems will make them competitive for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Beyond the labor market, communities around the world need strong volunteers to understand and contribute.

You can lead.

Everyone has an ability to find their unique leadership personality and to hone skills necessary for mobilizing others. Carthage students develop leadership, entrepreneurship, and creativity skills — a trio of powerful skills — to serve them in personal and professional pursuits. From your first year, you will begin to learn about yourself and how you might choose to influence the world. Leading can happen from any position within an organization, so leadership skills are as important for current students as they are for professionals at all career stages.

How does it happen?

In courses

At Carthage, students are often organized in small groups to complete projects, which helps them to develop teamwork skills alongside of learning about the core course material.

On-Campus Leadership development programs

Students in Carthage’s leadership programs begin by participating in leadership activities primarily organized around the work of bestselling authors Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, who specialize in developing students as leaders. An Emerging Leaders Retreat held each spring provides one opportunity for students to delve into topics from understanding personal leadership style to developing and executing a vision.

off-campus leadership development programs

Carthage’s location in the Milwaukee-to-Chicago corridor allows students to participate in local and regional leadership development activities. For example, students often participate in Kenosha Area Business Association events, which bring together people at all stages of their careers … from students to Fortune 500 CEOs. The annual Inspire Conference brings nationally-known speakers and trainers to Kenosha for the day.