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Find the Leader in You

That has been the charge for area ninth grade students who are part of the Midland County Youth Leadership program, a year-long effort hosted by Northwood.  The program encourages students to “find the leader” in themselves through team building, volunteerism, team decision-making, leadership and goal setting. In the process, they interact with the community, peers, and adult role models as they learn more about their own personal leadership styles. The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is another example. This weekly program, hosted by Northwood in partnership with the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce, is entrepreneurism at its finest. Students come together all year to develop and launch a real business or social movement. They work side-by-side with local business professionals to plan each phase of the product cycle and the results are always spectacular.

With Youth Leadership and YEA, we proudly watch as students experience the joy of creation and the thrill of business success. Their enthusiasm as they explore the business world is motivating for us, and a perfect reminder of the importance of our mission and values as a free enterprise-based university. Congratulations to every student who participated this year. We’ll be excited to see where your new leadership skills take you.

This past week, throughout the Northwood University system, we celebrated “Values Emphasis Week” with events ranging from guest speakers to alumni panels emphasizing their perspective regarding Northwood University’s values. These events have been open to our students, faculty, staff, and the communities.

Northwood University’s mission of “Developing the Future Leaders of a Global Free Enterprise Society” is not only focused on college students.  We believe strongly that learning is something people do together, regardless of their age.

Have a great weekend.


Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and CEO Northwood University 4000 Whiting Drive Midland, MI 48640 989.837.4203

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