Supported by the Rosenfield Family Foundation
Leading Expeditions 2020

Man hiking through the mountains

Adventure. Explore. Lead.

Develop your leadership skills in a new and exciting way through the Leadership Initiative's Leading Expeditions!

Leading Expeditions are transformational opportunities for you to immerse yourself in the study and application of leadership. These experiences will allow you to apply your leadership knowledge to exhilarating recreational activities in one of the most beautiful settings in the United States.

Our Leading Expeditions consist of two parts: Completion of a 1.5 credit hour course (BUSMHR 4998) in Spring 2020 completed in Spring term and completion of an adventure experience (BUSADM 2798, 1.5 credit hours). The Leading Expeditions 2020 program is supported by the Rosenfield Family Foundation. 

Applications for the upcoming 2020 program are currently closed. Please check back in Fall 2020 for more information on future sessions of this program!


  • Academic

    Leading Expeditions are open to all undergraduate students at The Ohio State University. However, some academic restrictions may apply. For the 2019-2020 academic year:

    • Students interested in The Leaders Summit 2020 must have an anticipated graduation date of Autumn 2020 or later. 
    • Students interested in the Seneca Leaders Expeditions must have an anticipated graduation date of Summer 2020 or later.

    The three-credit-hour program will have 1.5 credit hours of classroom instruction and 1.5 credit hours of experience.

    Students must enroll in BUSMHR 4998 in Spring 2020 to participate in either experience. As credit for the experience, students must also enroll in BUSADM 2798. Credit earned as part of a Leading Expeditions program will also count towards the Dean's Leadership Academy Certificate in Leadership.

  • Physical

    The Leaders Summit requires a baseline level of fitness. Various health and medical conditions may prevent students from participating. Applicants to the program are required to submit a fitness self-assessment and a medical record test upon acceptance.

  • Financial

    Leading Expeditions have a base program fee of $750 per student. Please view The Leaders Summit 2020 or Seneca Leaders Expedition pages for more financial details on each program. Upon acceptance into the program, students are required to pay this fee by January 31, 2020 at 11:59pm. 

    This program is eligible to be funded for students enrolled in the Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP). Due to the required date for the program fee, STEP students will be reimbursed upon completion and approval of their program.

2020 Leading Expeditions

The Leaders Summit 2020

Grand Teton mountain rangeA breathtaking leadership experience. A nine-day rock climbing trip to the Grand Teton Mountains, Wyoming from August 12-20, 2020.

Learn more about The Leaders Summit 2020

Seneca Leaders Expedition

group of students whitewater raftingA thrilling leadership adventure. A three-day white-water rafting, mountain biking, and rock climbing excursion to Fayetteville and Seneca Rocks, West Virginia from April 30-May 2, 2020.

Learn more about the Seneca Leaders Expedition