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Albers School of Business and Economics

Center for Leadership Formation

Now's the Time for Inspired Leadership.
Here’s the Place.

The Center for Leadership Formation (CLF) is home to the Executive Education programs. It’s a center of innovation, where top educators, alumni, and business luminaries join forces to help accomplished professionals become influential leaders in a changing world. Our intense focus on leadership provides the transformational experience that accomplished business professionals want and need on the path to senior leadership.  

Leadership Looks Different Here.

Organizations need inspired leaders who know themselves, lead from an ethical compass, mobilize others around a shared vision, and see the connection between a better business and a better world. This spirit of leadership is in the DNA of Seattle University and our Executive Education programs, which include the Executive Leadership Program and Leadership Executive MBA. As collaboration, innovation, and transparency become essential to success in companies and communities, our graduates are increasingly valuable assets.

How You Lead Begins With Knowing Who You Are.

Deciding to earn the Executive Leadership certificate or the Leadership Executive MBA can transform the course of your career. But can it transform you as a person, too? We believe it can. At the Seattle University Center for Leadership Formation, our goal is not only to help you develop your business acumen, but also to enhance your personal competencies, values, and vision as a leader.

As the world of business evolves, professionals must prepare for senior leadership–not just senior positions. Our innovative, world-class programs emphasize both business expertise and social responsibility. You’ll develop a clarity of purpose, sense of accountability, and stronger working relationships. Discover your voice as a leader at Seattle U, and you’ll make a real difference in your organization and community.

Nationally Recognized

One of U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Top 25 EMBA programs (#12 in the nation and #1 in the Northwest)


CLF Senior Fellow

Alan Mulally

Alan Mulally
VIDEO: Why Alan partners with SU

Alan Mulally, retired president and CEO of Ford Motor Company and former CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, joined Seattle University’s Center for Leadership Formation as a Senior Fellow in 2015. Now in its 20th year, the Center is home to Seattle University's nationally-ranked Executive Education programs within the Albers School of Business and Economics.

In his role as Senior Fellow, Mr. Mulally provides insight to ensure that the best ideas from the practice of leadership are represented in our curriculum. Since joining the center, he has collaborated with faculty on research and publications and continues to engage with students and others associated with the Center. As one of the world's most admired business leaders, Mulally brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective on leadership along with personal experience in radically changing cultures and outcomes. We're fortunate to count him among our partners. 

Check out Alan's recent article, "Charting the Course," co-authored by Marilyn Gist, Executive Director of the Center for Leadership Formation. Found in Spring 2017 InSights, the article focuses on what leaders need to do to develop the best vision and strategy.

The Executive MBA at Seattle University is a life-changing experience and much more than a credential. You will go in with career goals, but you will come out with new life goals.

Cindy Snyder, '13 LEMBA Vice President of Innovation Services and Provider Relations, Delta Dental of Washington

Challenge yourself. Change the world.

Choose the Executive Education program that’s right for you: