Mission & Goals

Donald L. Wilson (1904-1986) Vice President of Lionel D. Edie and Company, Investment Counselors and Economics Consultants.; Life Trustee and benefactor of Grinnell College.

The Donald L. Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership examines the theory and practice of socially responsible innovation, enterprise, and leadership in the business, government, and non-profit sectors, with the goal of empowering students to explore diverse career options. To accomplish this goal we support interdisciplinary, discovery-mode liberal arts courses that critically examine theories and case studies of organizational processes, organizational outcomes, and organizational innovations and the various impacts of these innovations on society, both locally and globally. Each summer the Wilson program funds mentored student internships in organizations throughout the world. The Wilson program invites college alumni to return to campus to offer, through short-courses and class visits, insights and salient experiences derived from creative careers and responsible leadership in business, government, and non-governmental organizations.