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The first Executive Classroom meeting was held at the start of the Spring Semester on February 18. It kicked off with a pizza dinner and a quick overview of the course where the syllabus, course objectives, and Chicago trip were discussed. The discussion was followed with a question; why have this class? Each member of the class has previously shown exemplary leadership in their coursework and involvement within the college and surrounding community. This class was designed to help further develop the leadership qualities that these students already possess and help jump start executive level thinking.

There are eleven students and four faculty that are involved with the course this semester. Throughout the semester students will learn about various aspects of executive level thinking by interacting with those different faculty. Each professor has a different academic backgrounds, experiences, and career history’s that they bring to the table. This will contribute to the students by giving them the opportunity to learn from various perspectives.

The first meeting was led by Matt Lambdin, the Director of Experiential Learning in the Dicke College of Business. The class participated in an activity where, as a class, decisions had to be made based off information that was listed on a note card. The exercise was used in comparison to executive level decision making, where decisions are often made based off a piece of paper. In conclusion, the class learned that executive level decision making is not always easy. Wrong decisions can be made with and without all the correct information. As an executive leader, it is necessary to utilize appropriate resources to assist in making the best decision possible.