In today’s ultra competitive job market, college students and new graduates alike are faced with the harsh reality that book smarts alone is simply not enough. Today’s new career seekers are finding that being equipped with business soft skills and other competencies amplifies their school training and competitively positions them for success in their future careers. That’s why for over forty five years, the INROADS success story has always been attributed to the rigorous leadership development and business soft skills that are afforded to all INROADS Interns.

INROADS identifies, recruits and develops exceptional diverse and talented students throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and coaches and trains them for corporate readiness. In preparation for their paid Internships with corporate sponsors, INROADS Interns are trained each summer in Leadership Development Institutes that compliment their educational training and add value by providing business boot camp styled workshops inclusive of seminars, forums, webinars, and business case studies on the corporate environment. The Leadership Development Institute hones in on the 8 INROADS Leadership Competencies:

  1. Communication
  2. Business Acumen
  3. Project and Task Management
  4. Self Management
  5. Social Responsibility
  6. Research, Analysis and Technical Skills
  7. Leadership: Commitment to Quality
  8. Teamwork

The training curricula for the Leadership Development Institutes shed insight on the dynamics of the business world and teach Interns to shift their view from a one-dimensional business environment to a multi-dimensional one. The Leadership Development Institutes also help Interns understand that maintaining a competitive edge is more than just having the knowledge and technical expertise to do the job; it’s about doing the job well by developing key competencies including everything from self-awareness to career management to relating to people to diversity. As a result, INROADS Interns are better prepared for corporate success and leadership roles.

This year’s theme for the two-day Leadership Development Institute- Pathways to Excellence in Leadership  embodies the spirit that will be ingrained in every INROADS Intern.

Developing talented leaders is the essence of what we do at INROADS. Our goal is to ensure that INROADS Interns are thoroughly prepared to successfully enter the workforce and make an impact at every stage of their career lifecycle. We have the power to leave an indelible mark on the personal and professional lives of some of the most promising future corporate and community leaders.

Leadership Development Institute Agenda
Thursday, July 19, 2018
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Registration and Check-in

11:00 am – 3:00 pm Build A Bike Activity
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Welcome Reception 
Friday, July 20, 2018
6:00 am – 6:30 am “The Big Ideas” Morning Walk with INROADS CEO (Optional)
7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast & Opening General Session
8:15 am – 12:30 pm Workshops
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch
2:00 pm – 6:15 pm Workshops
6:30 pm Dinner on your own
Saturday, July 21, 2018
7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast & Opening General Session
8:15 am – 10:30 am Workshops
10:45 am – 12:30 pm Alumni Panels
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch & Closing Session: Awards/Scholarships/Graduating Senior Induction Ceremony

For more information, please contact Zuleemah Edwards via email at