MIT’s LeaderShape Builds Leadership Skills and Integrity in Students

Founder and CEO of New Pathway Education and Technology Group, Sam M. Hwang graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and a master’s in materials science and engineering. Founding his company just a year after graduating from graduate school, Sam M. Hwang demonstrated his exceptional leadership skills early on in college, having been selected as one of 80 freshman to attend MIT’s 2002 LeaderShape seminar.

Taking place during MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP) in January, LeaderShape is an intensive leadership development experience. The program is held over six days and is designed to improve students’ leadership skills while promoting the creation of a student community among peers. Held at an off-campus retreat, MIT faculty and staff facilitate the program along with program veterans.

Over the course of the program, student participants must think about such topics as working in a diverse community, professional ethics, and interpersonal communication. Each day focuses on a different area of leadership, starting with a discussion about what leadership means and what its components are. Over the next several days, participants complete team building activities and listen to various panels focused around leadership and integrity.


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