Students attend 14th annual Leadership Summit

Posted February 01, 2012

The first week of 2012 was a life-changing one for students attending the 14th annual Leadership Summit, sponsored by ACU's College of Business Administration. Summit is a weeklong event held in Buena Vista, Co., focusing on business leadership and spiritual development. 

"Summit is the single most noted program on the ACU campus," says Michael Winegeart, assistant professor of international business and director of global initiatives. "This short course is a quest to discover how God made us and what He calls us to be. Through teaching sessions, films, guided periods of reflection and journaling, Q&A and small group discussion, we have designed something far more than a course - it's an expedition of the soul."

More than 1,000 students have experienced Summit since 1998. This year, 129 students from Abilene Christian and 15 from Lubbock Christian University were in attendance. Several business professors, including Dr. Rick Lytle, dean of the College of Business Administration and associate professor of marketing; Tim Johnston, assistant dean of the College of Business Administration; and Winegeart were also present. Guest speakers included Elise Mitchell, president and CEO of Mitchell Communications in Fayetteville, Ark. Past Summit speakers include Josh Aden, Executive Vice President of Walmart in Bentonville, Ark.; Carlos Sepulveda, CEO of Interstate Batteries in Dallas, Texas; and Kenny Wilson, president of Bank of America San Antonio.

"Summit allows students to meet brilliant minds and refocus their priorities," says Lucas Alderete, family studies major and Summit attendee. "It is great to have a week set aside to visit with professionals who are older, wiser, and Christ-centered."

The College of Business Administration is planning a Summit alumni gathering for next year. Staff members are also tentatively planning a global Summit event in Oxford, Shanghai, or Honduras. Learn more about Summit at COBA's Leadership Summit website.