LeaderShape History

Originally developed by Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity as a means of improving campus leadership, The LeaderShape Institute now serves young adults representing a wide variety of organizations throughout the United States. In 1988, LeaderShape, Inc. was formed as a separate non-profit corporation to take charge of The LeaderShape Institute and further its mission of developing young adults to "lead with integrity." The creation of an independent non-profit corporation has expanded the base of financial support and encouraged a more diverse mix of participants at The LeaderShape Institute.

To date, over 50,000 participants from colleges, universities, and corporations from across the country have attended The LeaderShape Institute. In addition, more than 2,500 volunteer faculty have contributed their time and talents since the program began in 1986. The number of sessions of The LeaderShape Institute will expand throughout the next several years to accommodate increasing numbers of participants, organizations, and campus sites.

2016 will be the 19th year of the LeaderShape Institute on KU's campus. Graduates will join a group of over 800, alumni, and administrators who have graduated from or facilitated the program.


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