The Wilson Program provides opportunities to understand, critically evaluate, and practice enterprise, innovation, and leadership in the for-profit, non-profit, and governmental sectors. 

Enterprise, innovation, and leadership have been defined in many ways. To clarify the scope of the Wilson Program, we define 

  • innovation as the successful application of new ideas; 
  • enterprise as a bold, arduous, and sustained undertaking; 
  • leadership as a process of social influence, exercised for the purpose of maximizing the efforts of others towards the achievement of a goal (after Kevin Kruse, Forbes, April 9, 2013) 

To fulfill this mission, the Wilson Program supports and facilitates opportunities for learning in the classroom and beyond. The Wilson Program supports courses taught by faculty and alumni; experiential learning activities such as internships, externships, industry tours, and workshops; professional development activities such as conference participation; and campus programs. 

The Wilson Program seeks to engage alumni to enhance all of these activities. Beyond alumni-taught short courses, the Wilson Program supports alumni-enriched courses taught by regular faculty. Many experiential learning opportunities directly involve alumni; we seek to more directly involve alumni in professional development for students.