Emerging Business Leaders Hero

Preparing tomorrow’s leaders – today

The Emerging Business Leaders (EBL) program at Gies College of Business is a summer program designed for high-achieving Black, African-American, Hispanic, Latinx/a/o, and Native American students entering their senior year of high school. The 2021 program will be virtual. 

Program Dates: July 11-14, 2021

Application Deadline: June 13, 2021

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Program Activities

  • Interactive discussions featuring Gies Business staff, students, and alumni around career possibilities in business and the Gies student experience 
  • Work in groups to solve business problems
  • Learn about college admissions
  • Have fun and make new friends

Application Criteria

The EBL Program is open to underrepresented students entering their senior year of high school. You must have:

  • 3.2/4.0 GPA or higher
  • Demonstrated leadership through extracurricular, volunteer, or work experiences
  • Ability to attend the entire program (July 11-14, 2021)

Program Benefits 

All students who successfully complete the Emerging Business Leaders Program will receive a University of Illinois application fee waiver. Students who apply, are admitted, and enroll into Gies Business will qualify for a renewable scholarship up to $5000 to help cover their academic costs. 

Gies News and Events

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Bertram helping build a bridge for the next generation

Jim Bertram joined Gies as an instructor of finance this fall after spending 32 years in investment banking, working for major firms like Salomon Brothers, Deutsche Bank, Banc of America Securities, and William Blair. He will be teaching Investment Banking (FIN 463) this fall and succeeding Rob Metzger as the director of the Investment Banking Academy in January.

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Torelli: From civil engineer to Gies department head

Carlos Torelli will apply his engineering mindset and marketing expertise to his new role as head of the Department of Business Administration at Gies. “We have a responsibility to give back in academia at a certain point in our careers. I returned to Gies because I knew they would value my skills and my background and give me the opportunity to make an impact."

Gies Homecoming Celebration

Homecoming is an important part of the storied history of the University of Illinois. The first homecoming was at Illinois. As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, this time to celebrate tradition is particularly precious. We hope you will take time this year to join us in both celebrating Homecoming and renewing those lifelong connections you made with the College. 

We have a variety of events listed below that we hope you can join, highlighted by our signature event, the Gies Homecoming Business Bash at 4 pm on Friday, hosted by the Gies Business Alumni Association, that brings together alumni, faculty, and staff. We can’t wait to see you again. Go Illini!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Second Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
3-7 pm CT | Sixth Street Lawn 
Join Access and Multicultural Engagement in the Gies Undergraduate Affairs Office for their Second Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on the patio of the new Siebel Center for Design building and on the Sixth Street Lawn. Enjoy Latin Dance workshops, Latin Jazz Music, extended hours at the Krannert Art Museum, and delicious food from local Hispanic-owned food truck vendors! Join us for a wonderful celebration of our Hispanic and Latinx community!

Friday, October 8, 2021 

Illinois Business Consulting 25th Anniversary Reception 
2:30-4 pm CT | Business Instructional Facility 
Celebrate 25 years of Illinois Business Consulting! The program will include a short celebration of the history of IBC and an overview of the future of this vital program in Gies College of Business. Attendees will have plenty of time for networking – to meet with old teammates and friends and get to know current students and faculty in the program. 

Gies Homecoming Business Bash 
4-6 pm CT | Tent between Business Instructional Facility & Siebel Center for Design
Celebrate Homecoming with Gies College of Business and Gies Business Alumni Association at the Homecoming Business Bash! Please join us in the tent between BIF and the Siebel Center for Design along Sixth Street for a chance to connect with fellow alumni, GBAA members, and Gies faculty and staff. Go Illini! Go Gies! 

The Hoeft Technology & Management Program 25th Anniversary Reception 
7-8:30 pm CT | I Hotel and Conference Center
Join us during Homecoming 2021 for a special reception to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Hoeft Technology & Management Program. Throughout its history, this program has brought together students from Gies College of Business and The Grainger College of Engineering to learn and work together. We hope you can join us to connect with current students, fellow alumni, and College representatives. 

We look forward to returning to campus this fall and offering alumni and guests the safest in-person experience possible. Please visit covid19.illinois.edu/on-campus/visitors for the most current information regarding campus visits. At this time, all university students, faculty, staff, and visitors must wear a face covering in university spaces indoors, regardless of vaccination status. A face covering does not have to be worn when eating or drinking. Current face covering guidelines can be found at covid19.illinois.edu/health-and-support/face-coverings. We will continue to provide updates as event dates approach. 

If you will need disability-related accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Gies Business Office of Advancement at BusinessAlumni@illinois.edu or 217-244-6669. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.