Leadership Development

Part of Career Services & Leadership Development’s (CSLD) mission is to develop visionary, goal-driven and action-oriented student leaders. Because there is no one-size-fits-all leadership style, CSLD empowers each student with the ability to access their own unique identity as a leader. With opportunities to focus on multiple aspects of leadership, students will develop lifelong skills through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge and career preparation. We also encourage students to become leaders in their everyday lives by facilitating and encouraging opportunities for co-curricular learning, intentional engagement, self-reflection and skill development

PRESIDENT’S LEADERSHIP FELLOWS PROGRAM (PLFP)

About the Program

The goal of the President’s Leadership Fellows Program (PLFP) is to provide students with soft skills in national research has shown employers seek in job candidates. These skills compliment the hard skills in which are needed in order to be competitive in today’s job market. PLFP includes resume and cover letter composition, interview skills, networking, and great opportunities for fellows. Students accepted to PLFP take part in workshops focusing on leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, unconscious bias, emotional intelligence, financial literacy and sexual harassment in the workplace. Fellows learn to recognize their expertise and how to apply what they have learned in meaningful and relevant ways as they transition into job-readiness.

Benefits of Becoming a Fellow

  • Learn to articulate your value
  • Enhance your problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Network with peers, staff, and consultants
  • Develop your interpersonal and teamwork abilities
  • Expand and leverage your skills and confidence to gain competitive edge
  • A Leader Development Certificate upon completion of the program to add value and differentiate your resume from all of the rest

Eligibility Requirements

  • The Fellows Program is open to currently enrolled junior-level, senior-level, and graduate-level students in the College of Business, College of Education, College of Ethnic Studies, Graduate College of Education, College of Health & Social Sciences, College of Liberal & Creative Arts, and College of Science & Engineering. 

  • Completion of Fellows application for a designated semester. 

Your Commitment

President’s Leadership Fellows Program (PLFP) will consist of 9 sessions. The cohort will meet on  select Wednesdays from 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. All sessions will be held via Zoom. Please, make sure to have your full name on your Zoom account for attendance purposes. 

Selection

Students will be selected into the program across the seven colleges and notified of their acceptance the following week after application deadline. Students accepted into the program will be notified via your SF State email, your phone number if provided one, and the online platform Handshake. 

Background

The President’s Leadership Fellows Program (PLFP) began in Fall 2014 with the generous support of the Eustace Kwan Family Foundation. The pilot program started in the College of Business with 25 students. The number of Fellows accepted to the program increased to 50 students in Spring 2015, and to 100 students each semester thereafter. The success of the program resulted in additional support from the Eustace Kwan Family Foundation in December 2016. With the full support of President Wong and campus leadership, the program expanded to accept 200 applicants from across the 7 colleges and will be selected and notified of their acceptance. As of Fall 2021, over 1,500 students have completed the Fellows program 

Program Schedule

Spring 2022 PLFP Schedule

  • 2/23/21 – Orientation 

  • 3/2/21 – Developing a Leadership Mindset 

  • 3/9/21 – The Art of Mentorship 

  • 3/16/21 – Personal Finance 

  • 3/30/21 – The Spiritual Connection between Leadership & Career 

  • 4/6/21 – Community Leadership 

  • 4/13/21 – Discovering your Strength 

  • 4/20/21 – Leading with your Authentic Story 

  • 4/27/21 – Closing Ceremony 

How to Apply

Applications will be sent to Junior and Senior level students to their SFSU email. If you do not receive an email, please click on the Apply Now link below.

APPLY NOW

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 9th

Questions? Please contact

Benjamin Safer – Leadership Success & Career Advisor, Career Services & Leadership Development 

plfp@sfsu.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible to apply?
    • Juniors, seniors & graduates are welcomed to the program
  • I just transferred, am I eligible to apply to the program?
    • Yes, transfer students coming into their third year are eligible for the program.
  • Are there any requirements to apply?
    • Yes, you must be available each week for the entire programmed time that the program is scheduled to meet.
  • Do I have to dress professionally?
    • Yes, we would like our members to dress business casual as they will be networking and meeting other students and faculty members
  • Do I have to pay to be in the program?
    • No, this program is free of cost and opened to all students
  • Do I need experience beforehand to join?
    • No experience is necessary to join
  • Can I apply if I am a part time student?
    • No, you must be a full time student
  • Where will the meetings be held?
    • Via Zoom , link will be sent out each week once you are accepted into the program
  • Do I need to bring anything with me to the meetings?
    •   An open mind, big smile and a notebook and pen since there will be a lot of valuable information

GATOR LEADERSHIP CIRCLE (GLC)

About the Program

The goal of Gator Leadership Circle (GLC) is to support your academic, career and leadership development as a first-year student at San Francisco State University. The program’s workshops are derived from the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) career readiness competencies:

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Oral/Written Communications
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Digital Technology
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic
  • Career Management
  • Global/Intercultural Fluency

These competencies address and identify skills and knowledge that can be gained inside and outside of the classroom to get students career ready. In reference to the NACE definition, “Career readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace." Therefore, students who participate in GLC will learn to recognize their interests and strengths as well as how to apply them in meaningful and relevant ways as they transition through the university and into the workforce.

Benefits of Joining the Program

  • 9 engaging and empowering career planning workshops tailored specifically for first year students
  • Free career assessment designed to identify your interests and the match to career options
  • Opportunities to bond with fellow first-year seeking more career clarity and confidence 
  • A program Certificate of Completion to add value and differentiate your resume from all the rest

Eligibility Requirements

The program is open to currently enrolled first-year and second-year students in the College of Business, College of Ethnic Studies, College of Health & Social Sciences, College of Liberal & Creative Arts, College of Science & Engineering and Undeclared students. Attendance at all sessions is a strict requirement of the program in order to receive the certificate upon completion. 

Your Commitment

Attendance at all sessions is a strict requirement of the program in order to receive the Certificate of Completion.

Selection

All first-year students will automatically be accepted into the program. Students will be notified via their SF State campus email 48 hours after application deadline. 

Program Schedule

Spring 2022 GLC Schedule

  • 2/15/22 – Orientation 

  • 2/22/22 – Rebuilding Your Resume 

  • 3/1/22 – Nurturing Emotional Well-Being 

  • 3/8/22 – Blueprint for Career Development 

  • 3/15/22 – A Remix on Networking & Professionalism 

  • 3/29/22 – Assessing your GLC Experience 

  • 4/5/22 –  Proactive & Reactive Recruiting  

  • 4/12/22 –  Leading with your Authentic Story 

  • 4/19/22 –  Certificate Ceremony  

How to Apply

Applications will be sent to first-year student via their SF State campus email. If you do not receive an email, please click on the Apply Now link below.

APPLY NOW

Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 8th  

Questions? Please contact-

Benjamin Safer – Leadership Success & Career Advisor, Career Services & Leadership Development 

csldlead@sfsu.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible to apply?
    • All incoming first-year and second year students are welcomed to the program
  • Are there any requirements to apply?
    • Must be a freshmen or sophomore to apply  and, you must be available each week for the entire programmed time that the program is scheduled to meet.
  • Where will the meetings be held?
    • Via Zoom , link will be sent out once you are accepted into the program
  • I just transferred and I am in my second semester as a freshmen, am I eligible ?
    • Yes, you are still considered a freshmen and you are welcomed to apply
  • Do I need to bring anything with me to the meetings ?
    • An open mind, big smile and a notebook and pen since there will be a lot of valuable information

LUNCH.LEARN.LEAD

About the Program

CSLD offers Lunch Learn Lead workshops for SF State students and alumni leaders to build and enhance in their professional and leadership development. The goal is to create opportunities to develop strong leaders who will bring their very best to any organization they become a part of. Lunch Learn Lead workshops are led by consultants who bring their expertise and knowledge to a wide variety of leadership development subject matters. All workshops are meant to provide additional learning inside and outside of the classroom. No previous leadership or work experience is required.

Benefits of the Series

  • Leadership Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Emotional Stability
  • College/Career Readiness
  • Personal Brand Marketing & Social Media Etiquette
  • Communication Skills
  • Identity Development
  • Advocacy Skills
  • Global Awareness
  • Professional Development & Networking

Eligibility Requirements

This workshop series is open to all students and alumni of SF State. Visiting CSU students may attend if they are currently enrolled as an SF State student. College of Extended Learning students are not eligible to attend workshop series. 

Your Commitment

CSLD is not currently offering any workshops this semester. Please check back in at a later date to view workshops offering for the following semester.

VC Fast Pitch

About the Program

Career Services & Leadership Development (CSLD), in collaboration with Scott Kelly, SF State Alumni and Founder/CEO of Black Dog Venture Partners, brings the VC Fast Pitch conference to SF State University. Every semester pre-conference workshops will be held to assist students and alumni with the necessary tools to prepare them for a presentation to investors. During the conference, participants will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to venture capitalists, angels and accredited investors from Silicon Valley and throughout the country in hopes of gaining financial backing. To date, Black Dog Venture Partners has hosted investor events throughout the west and has enabled startups to raise millions of dollars.

Benefits of the Workshops & Conference

  • Gain practical experience and knowledge of venture capital investment context
  • Construct a pitch deck for purposeful delivery
  •   Identify new venture investment opportunities
  • Raise money to support the growth of a business
  • Structure a venture capital investment and portfolio

Eligibility Requirements

The workshops and conference is open to all students and alumni of SF State. Visiting CSU students may attend if they are currently enrolled as an SF State student. College of Extended Learning students are not eligible to attend workshop series.

Workshops & Conference Schedule 

CSLD is not currently offering any workshops this semester. Please check back in at a later date to view workshops offering for the following semester.