The MILE Program consists of three major components:
Leadership Mentoring Program:
This program selects some of the best and brightest of FCBE students and matches these student protégés with business and community leaders who serve as their mentors for an academic year. Mentors and student protégés attend a once a month structured leadership development program aimed at providing targeted leadership enhancement activities with a very practical, applied orientation. Mentors also provide them with practical advice to enhance and supplement in-class leadership education. Finally, students also engage in what we call “leadership journey” activities – outside community involvement, value development and self-discovery activities with their mentors that also often involve a community service function.
2nd MILE Program:
The second major component of the MILE Program provides several additional development opportunities to students who have completed their MILE Leadership Mentoring experience, but wish to further develop their leadership skills. The primary aspect of the 2nd MILE Program experience is some form of leadership involvement in a community service activity. This activity may be supplemented with “pass it forward” one-on-one mentoring of a high school student and development of a personal leadership vision. Click on the 2nd MILE Program Overview link for more detailed information on this program.
Essence of Leadership Program:
The Essence of Leadership Program is the third and least developed component of the overall MILE Program. We see this as a component that will develop more fully over time and shall consist of a series of Mini-Lecture Programs, which thus far have been used to recruit new students and mentors. We believe this kind of offering – short lectures or lecturettes that are highly targeted at specific aspects of leadership functioning – can be expanded for community outreach as well as form the basis of a one-hour course for all business majors. We believe that all of our graduates should be exposed as early as possible to the essential elements of leadership, just as they presently are to the basic principles of economics, accounting and statistics.