Lake Forest Faculty Help Students with Real World Business Problems

Lake Effects Blog

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Whether you’re preparing for your first big presentation to the Board of Directors or navigating a challenging management issue, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management’s Business Leader Faculty are ready to help.

The Leadership Exchange is a new program offering students access to members of our Business Leader Faculty for one-on-one advice and consultation.

Work with faculty experts in the fields of marketing, management, healthcare, finance and more to hone skills and leadership qualities to overcome obstacles and drive your organization.

LFGSM President and CEO Jeff Anderson had a vision for the Leadership Exchange after experiencing the concierge-style services offered by electronics and computer stores:

If you’re a student at Lake Forest and you have a big opportunity – maybe your first presentation to the CEO – you should be able to make an appointment with a faculty member and get some independent input on how you’re doing or how you’re going to approach that presentation.

And from that grew the idea for the Leadership Exchange, where any student can have that kind of conversation to help them with their current real time issues or opportunity. 

No other business school does anything like that.

Bryan Watkins, Ed.D., VP and Chief Academic Officer knows our faculty are up to the task:

Our Business Leader Faculty are individuals who have held senior level positions in major corporations. They are CEOs, vice presidents, executive VPs and senior consultants. They bring a wealth of knowledge.

We want our students to utilize these individuals when they need them. This is yet another added benefit of being a student at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. It highlights the strength of our Business Leader Faculty.

Although the Leadership Exchange is a new service, we know LFGSM faculty have been informally offering their advice and wisdom to our students and alumni for years. They are truly committed to the ongoing professional and personal success of everyone connected to LFGSM.

Students interested in their expertise will utilize an automated system to request a faculty member’s counsel on a variety of work-related issues. Possible topics may include:

  • Guidance for critical presentations
  • Review of written proposals
  • Negotiation counsel
  • Preparing for a new leadership role
  • Difficult management challenges

The Leadership Exchange is being provided in a pilot phase this fall. Current LFGSM students can get more details and learn how to participate by logging into the student portal at


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