Montana State University

MSU Leadership Institute

Inspiring MSU students to become leaders who serve as catalysts for positive change
Diana Nyad: Courageous Leader, Motivational Speaker & Record-Holding Swimmer


Courageous Leader, Motivational Speaker & Record-Holding Swimmer
This event has been cancelled


At the age of 64, in her fifth and final attempt, Diana Nyad successfully fulfilled her life-long dream of completing the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, becoming the first person to do so without the protection of a shark cage. LEARN MORE


Upcoming Events

William Oppenheim
William Oppenheim Philanthropist, Rhodes Scholar & Mountaineer
William Oppenheim, Founder and Director of Omprakash, will speak about his experiences as a student, humanitarian, and philanthropist. Learn More
Solving Conflict through Improvisational Leadership
An evening of energy and excitement, exploring the strategies that leaders utilize in the throes of conflict. Learn More


Year of Engaged Leadership
Everyday Leaders MSU Facilitation Certificate Program
Everyday Leaders is a certificate program designed to prepare participants to facilitate meaningful leadership conversations and dialogue.  Learn More


Leadership Institute
MSU will offer leadership living community in fall

The new living, learning community option, in North Hedges next year, will encourage involvement, engagement and leadership.  View news


Leadership Staff with Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou with the Leadership Institute

Founded in 1997 by the Associated Students of Montana State University to provide leadership opportunities and inspiration to students, the MSU Leadership Institute offers answers, resources, and connections for the future leaders of business, government, and education.  Acting as a catalyst to the awakening of students’ natural leadership skills, communication abilities, and creativity, the Institute empowers students to do more.

The Leadership Institute will lead Montana forward by generating further student involvement through increased leadership connections, trainings, film series, dynamic lunch discussions, and quality keynote speakers.  Students will be constantly challenged to think deeper about their current leadership roles and their future impact. By leveraging powerful ideas into action, the Leadership Institute provides an environment for growing student leadership innovations.


To donate to the MSU Leadership Institute click on the above link to access the MSU Foundation online donation form. Be sure to use the "Other" blank when choosing the designation for your gift to indicate that you want your donation to go to the MSU Leadership Institute.