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BB&T Leadership Challenge

BB&T Leadership Challenge

Since 1982, the McColl School of Business has provided an opportunity for faculty, staff and McColl School students to participate in a weekend leadership experience at the Wildacres Retreat, located in the western North Carolina mountains near Little Switzerland, NC.

In 2009, BB&T provided a generous gift to cover the cost for students in the Professional MBA and MS in Organization Development programs. Each fall, students are encouraged to participate in the intellectual and outdoor leadership challenge at Wildacres.  

Explore the moral and philosophical foundations of Capitalism
Students are provided pre-reading, including a copy of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" to prepare for a lively debate with Dr. Will Sparks and Dr. Norris Frederick. Students break out in teams to discuss each side of the debate and further explore the underpinnings of capitalism. 

Challenge yourself in an Outdoor Leadership Course
On Saturday, participants meet with the team from  Vertical, S.A., an outdoor adventure-based leadership group from Santiago, Chile. This distinguished team has completed multiple expeditions to Everest, K2, and Lotse and works with a select group of schools in the United States including Wharton, Stern School of Business at NYU, Sloan School of Business at MIT and the McColl School of Business. Students work through challenging leadership scenarios that Vertical has faced and then hit the outdoors for an expedition of their own. 

View pictures from the 2014 BB&T Leadership Challenge at Wildacres.  

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