CLP | Leadership Through Innovation

About the Cohort Leadership Program
The purpose of the Cohort Leadership Program is to introduce freshmen students to the world of business through an engaging innovation project that will allow them to reflect on their leadership style and build strong connections with other Stern students and the school.

Design Thinking
The world is changing fast and business leaders need cutting-edge innovation to remain relevant in this dynamic context. To prepare NYU Stern undergraduates for this dynamic world, Stern puts all freshmen through the flagship Cohort Leadership Program, which is focused on leadership through innovation.

In the first 8 weeks of the course,students are introduced to design thinking, a powerful entrepreneurship tool for inspiring innovative solutions through human centered observations, interviews, ideation, and execution. Students work in small teams within their cohorts to develop business solutions to a real world problem.

This past year students found solutions to help college students make healthier food choices. The program leverages NYU Stern’s New York City location to call on best-in-class design and consulting firms such as VSA Partners.

Career Module
The following 4 weeks of the course, students will build self-awareness, explore popular business careers, and explore how they will contribute to business and society. This module will start with a self-assessment inventory to help students understand their motivators, strengths, and interests. This will be followed by Stern Talks—a series of alumni led "TED-style" talks that allows students to explore twelve popular areas of business.