First class of accomplished leaders goes ‘back to school’ as part of Notre Dame’s Inspired Leadership Initiative

Author: Notre Dame News

Ili Group Feature

Sixteen accomplished leaders in fields ranging from global sustainability to finance, law, medicine, manufacturing and health care will arrive on the University of Notre Dame campus Thursday (Aug. 16) as fellows in the first class of the University’s new Inspired Leadership Initiative.   

The yearlong program is designed to help leaders from all fields who desire to pivot from their accomplished careers to being even more powerful forces for good.

Fellows taking part in the program will draw on the University’s extensive resources in the arts, humanities, sciences, international relations, theology and many other fields, and also spend time studying abroad at Notre Dame’s Global Gateways.

“The opportunity for accomplished people from diverse backgrounds to reimagine their mission in Notre Dame’s rich and dynamic learning environment will be life-changing for participants,” said Tom Schreier, founding director of the initiative. “We expect this transformation will be every bit as profound for the University and broader global community as they are for our fellows personally.”

As part of the program, the fellows will experience a core curriculum, audit classes, attend lectures, engage with students, collaborate on projects and take an active role in the campus, local and global community.

“We are delighted to initiate this new program at Notre Dame,” said Thomas G. Burish, Notre Dame’s provost. “The first class of fellows is a diverse, talented, successful and personally generous group of individuals who wish to continue to give to their communities in new ways in the years after their retirement. We are grateful for and excited about the opportunity to be a part of their journey.”

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Originally published by Notre Dame News at on August 16, 2018.