Who is the Academy for?
The Lang Leadership Academy is suited for high school students (grade 9 to 12) across Canada that wish to advance their sustainable business knowledge, gain professional development skills and have fun! Prior knowledge of business is not a requirement to participate! We are looking for high achievers who are interested in learning more about business and how it can be a powerful force for good.
How to participate?
There are three ways to participate in the Lang Leadership Academy:
Facilitated by Lang Commerce students, the Business Challenges are virtual workshops that will guide students through modules that explore a variety of business themes. The workshops are embedded within the high school class and are adapted for the grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 level. Select from two different business challenge modules, including the Entrepreneurship Challenge and the Ethics and Leadership Challenge.
- Entrepreneurship Challenge:
Students are tasked with brainstorming an idea for a product or service that solve an environmental issue and will share their sustainable idea in a "Dragon's Den" style pitch
- Ethics and Leadership Challenge:
Students explore a case study and solve an ethical challenge facing an individual or a business. The challenges vary in complexity based on grade level.
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In these workshops, students gain valuable skills needed to succeed in life after high school, including presentation, public speaking, networking and interview skills. The workshops are facilitated by leaders in career development from the University of Guelph and the Lang School of Business and Economics. Students are free to directly register for these workshops and are hosted outside of class.
These workshops are ideal for highly engaged students and those belonging to student clubs such as DECA and will be offered in the winter of 2022.
The Lang Business Pentathlon
Want to try something new and experience business at U of G? Lang’s Business Pentathlon is the capstone event of the Leadership Academy. Throughout the one-day event, students compete in 5 fun and challenging business-focused events which test their business knowledge, communication and leadership skills. The Pentathlon is hosted on campus at the University of Guelph and is run by a passionate group of senior-level Lang business students, who want to share the U of G experience with high school students.