The Makhoul Family Leadership Fellows Program

The Henry Kaufman Management Center
The Leadership Fellows Program, housed under NYU Stern’s Leadership Accelerator, is one of the School’s most popular offerings among second-year MBA students, consistently attracting many more applicants than it has had the resources to accommodate. That dilemma has just been resolved. A $3 million gift from Tammy Makhoul (MBA ’98) and her husband Georges Makhoul, will enable the program to expand to meet current and future demand and sustain it in perpetuity.

“We are extremely grateful to the Makhoul family for their generosity and foresight, and are honored that this program will bear the Makhoul name,” said Raghu Sundaram, Dean of NYU Stern. “Their gift will enable more Stern MBA students to experience this unique approach to leadership development for years to come.”

Since its inception, the Leadership Fellows Program has expanded from a single 12-student cohort to five 12-student cohorts. More than 100 students routinely apply for the 60 spots, and demand for the program continues to grow. The year-long, cohort-based program provides individualized one-on-one mentorship along with professional development exercises. Students develop their own short- and long-term strategic goals that they can continue to work on in their professional careers.

“Students rave about the Leadership Fellows program as a formative experience that complements their classroom learning, helping them grow professionally and personally,” said Nate Pettit, associate professor of management and organizations and director of the Leadership Accelerator Program. “Students praise the program as one of the most valuable learning experiences of their MBA, and we are tremendously grateful to the Makhouls for their support of this initiative.”