Leadership Summit challenges ACU students to make a difference

Posted February 03, 2010 Leadership SummitEach year junior and senior students from ACU have the opportunity to spend a week with national business leaders examining how they can make a difference in the world.  This year more than 100 students participated in Leadership Summit 2010 in Buena Vista, Colo., Jan. 2-8.

"Leadership Summit is a unique and powerful event that engages individuals in times of reflection, challenge, and calling," said Dr. Rick Lytle, dean of the College of Business Administration and professor of marketing. "Each year, God reveals new visions and dreams for each of us.  It is, indeed, my yearly spiritual Summit."

The week-long short course uses teaching sessions, guest speakers, films, guided periods of reflection and journaling, Q&A and small group discussion to create an experience that "could not be offered in a typical classroom setting," says Mike Winegeart, assistant professor of management sciences and director of the Leadership Summit program.

"Leadership Summit was an incredible life-changing experience. God did amazing things among our group through all the speakers and conversations that occurred," says Christina Perkins, senior accounting major from Appleton, Wisconsin. "I know I have made so many new lifelong friends because of Summit."
Some of the speakers for this year's program included:
  • Gary Skidmore, president of Harte-Hanks Direct Marketing
  • Eric Pillmore, formerly of Tyco International
  • Jenna Lucado, author of Redefining Beautiful and speaker on The Revolve Tour
  • Michael Blanton, part of the management and production group representing award-winning musical acts like Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith
  • Mike Haley, nationally known evangelist, public speaker and author with the Colorado-based Focus on the Family organization

Along with Lytle and Winegeart, Tim Johnston, executive director of the ACU Career Center, facilitated lectures during the week.

"Leadership Summit is singlehandedly the most influential week in my life," says Preston Woolfolk, senior political science major from San Antonio. "If I had to recommend an experience to any ACU student, I would no doubt choose Leadership Summit."

Many of the students who attended the event now are a part of a weekly devotional focused on the book Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, and Claude King.

For the past 12 years, ACU's College of Business Administration has conducted the Leadership Summit as an intensive January short course that is held at Frontier Ranch in Buena Vista, Colo.