Last week, 245 high-achieving students from colleges and universities across the U.S. gathered in Chicago for Learn2Lead (L2L), our national leadership program. Here’s an overview of the event:
- Risk Partner Bart Kimmel (Los Angeles) and Audit Partner Stuart Miller (Oak Brook) kicked off the event by introducing students to the Crowe leadership team.
- All participants, including students and Crowe attendees, enjoyed friendly competition during a “techno” scavenger hunt. Using iPads, teams navigated through the challenge by taking photos and videos of various Chicago landmarks.
- New this year, students supported the Ronald McDonald House at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago by decorating Toms Shoes (a Crowe client) for the children.
- The evening wrapped up at the Shedd Aquarium with a tour and dinner. CEO Jim Powers (Indianapolis), Chief People Officer Julie Wood (Oak Brook), Chief Operating Officer Joe Santucci (Indianapolis) and more than 40 Crowe partners and directors joined the students for dinner and networking.
- Harry Kraemer, a professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University, gave a keynote speech on his book “From values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership,” which students also received as a gift. The four essential leadership principles discussed include self-reflection, balance, true self-confidence and genuine humility.
- Erin Diehl, founder of ImproveIt!, led a workshop of improvisational activities. The workshop helped participants learn the importance of being open-minded and adaptable, generating new ideas, working with others and using communication as a tool to move forward in a positive direction.
- Jim and Julie answered questions from students about career paths, what it’s like to work at Crowe and the firm’s future direction.
- Julie moderated a panel discussion on Diversity and Inclusion and our efforts to support an open, inclusive workplace. Joe moderated a business unit panel discussion providing students with a better understanding of our service areas and job opportunities. Students then broke out into smaller groups with BU leaders to learn more about their areas of interest.
- Lisa Roen (Oak Brook), our Learning and Talent Development leader, gave students an overview of how we support lifelong learning through Crowe University and our performance management processes.
- Bart closed the program with a L2L recap video and, Nubia Chaidez from the Ronald McDonald House thanked students for their volunteer efforts.