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Student Testimonials

Leadership isn't for just one group of people. We need individuals who understand how to apply quality leadership in every workforce. That's why LEAD students come from every background and major across Campus.

See what our students are saying about their experience with the Drake University LEAD Concentration, below.

“The skills I have gained as a LEAD graduate will carry me beyond graduation as I have the confidence to take on any big project that comes my way. I know without the program, I would be more hesitant to reach out and take charge on such projects. I am forever grateful for LEAD and am excited to see what the future LEAD students bring to Drake’s campus and the local community. ”

— Austin Brands, Class of 2019

“Everything you learn in LEAD translates so seamlessly into the workforce. In my professional life, I am constantly working to bring out those qualities I discovered through LEAD. I have confidence in my newfound strengths and work to the best of my ability to continue emulating those in my life and career. There was truly no other major, minor, concentration or club that gave me the kind of community and learning experience that LEAD gave me. ”

— Jackie W, Class of 2017

“Surround yourself with those who lift you up and expect the best from you. It is only then when you will become the best version of yourself.”

— Xavier L, Class of 2020

“I look the LEAD Elective, Public Speaking Skills, thinking that it would be an easy A class. Despite having years of professional training, Mr. Amato pushed me outside of my comfort zone to learn several new skills. I was definitely hesitant, but he had trust in me and pushed me beyond what I thought I was capable of doing. If it wasn’t for Mr. Amato, and other LEAD faculty members, then I wouldn’t have been able to confidently execute presentations for my summer internship, in particular in front of the company’s leaders, including CFO and COO.”

— Katie O, Class of 2019


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