More than 350 incoming Honors College students listened intently as Richard Smucker, CEO of The J.M. Smucker Company, spoke August 22 during the special executive session and capstone event of the 2013 Honors Leadership Summit.
Designed to challenge students to think beyond their majors and to set themselves on a path to success, the Summit was headlined by Smucker and featured an all-star cast of CBA graduates who returned to campus – one each week beginning July 26 – to inspire students.
Invited to deliver the keynote address, Smucker spoke on the topic of wise and ethical leadership – a core value of his family’s Orville, Ohio-based company.
In 2012, in fact, The J.M. Smucker Company, a longtime partner and friend of The University of Akron with a long history of employing UA graduates, donated $1 million to establish an Institute for Leadership Advancement within the College of Business Administration. The institute promotes the development of leaders with the unique combination of knowledge, skills, and principles needed to help them make an impact on their organizations early in their careers. The Institute guides students through a process of personal identity development, progresses into team-process and team-leadership skills, and then challenges students to apply each of these in different contexts where the rules may change.
Prior to hearing from Smucker, incoming Honors College students were inspired by stories from these successful CBA graduates: