Work Study Opportunities Available!

Do you desire to grow as a leader and help others do the same at MSU?  Are you qualified for work study?  If your answers are yes to both these questions, then consider applying to be a "Student Associate" at the Leadership Institute! 

Student Associates have a variety of roles and responsibilities: public relations and community outreach, leadership seminars, trainings, hosting guest speakers, facilitating film series, mentoring other students and student organizations and hosting dynamic discussions.  Open to all work-study students who have an interest and/or passion for leadership study, practice and delivery of leadership development services. To apply, please send an "email cover letter" and resume to Please copy

2016 Fall Convocation


Fall Convocation 2016

Wes Moore, a bestselling author and social entrepreneur who credits inspiring mentors for his improbable journey from an imperiled childhood to become a Rhodes scholar, Army combat veteran, White House Fellow to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, will speak at Montana State University’s 2016 Freshman Convocation. The event is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Moore’s book, “The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters,” is the 2016 MSU freshmen book selection.

Master Class with Wes Moore

The Master Class with Wes Moore will take place on Thursday, September 1 from 4:00-5:00pm.  

To apply for the Master Class, please fill out this online survey.


Fall 2016 Programs & Workshops

Fall Leadership Summit

Survivor 2.0

 Survivor leadership sumit 2016 graphic - mountains

Dates: September 23-24

Location: Classified

Your mission should you choose to accept it….

Join us on a weekend of intrigue, excitement, betrayal, turmoil and thrill. The Leadership Summit provides participants with a chance to explore leadership in a whole new fashion. From the time you step off the bus at the “undisclosed” outstanding location your leadership skills will be put to the test. Take control of the challenges, alongside your tribe members, as you battle it out to determine which teams are the Ultimate Survivors – but be careful, you never know who on your tribe might just be out to get you.

Specially designed for university students, the MSU Leadership Summit is an overnight retreat that focuses on an activity-centered learning environment that includes area such as team dynamics, decision making, and playing to one’s strengths. You will have the opportunity to participate in both fun and challenging activities and hear from a professional in the field all while building your leadership. Whether it’s zip lining through the forest, testing your balance on the low ropes course, or potentially facing off the in the paintball arena the Leadership Summit will allow you to push yourself to new limits and view leadership in a whole new light.

Final details will be sent after confirmation, but plan to leave early Friday evening and return late Saturday afternoon. 

Cost: $20 and includes lodging, meals, transportation and materials

Open to all MSU students, limited space available

Register here!



Kelly Matheson

Kelly Matheson

Human rights attorney and award-winning filmmaker Kelly Matheson is dedicated to exposing human rights abuses through film, across the globe. As a filmmaker, attorney, and head of the Video as Evidence program under the international organization called WITNESS, Kelly Matheson teaches activists worldwide the filmmaking skills necessary to preserve their work as admissible evidence in courts of law.  An Alumni of MSU’s College of Film and Photography, Matheson has taken this knowledge to work on a wide range of human rights issues ranging from Ebola prevention to climate change to the trafficking of children and war crimes.

Irshad Manji

Irshad Manji

Author Irshad Manji is the Director of the Moral Courage Project, dedicated to equipping people with the ability to make decisions without compromising their integrity. Irshad Manji seeks to encourage and empower people of all faiths and backgrounds to stand up to abuse, even in the face of fear. Known for her best-selling books, including Allah, Liberty, and Love and Trouble with Islam Today, Manji’s writing focuses on empowering individuals to question and make choices in the face of fear and adversity.




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.