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 Giving Day

On October 26 each year, the Colleges celebrates Gies Giving Day as a way to commemorate the many exciting ways that the naming gift from Larry and Beth Gies has transformed the College’s culture, magnified our sense of pride, and impacted the College’s trajectory. 

More than a day of celebration, Gies Giving Day is also a day to honor the gift by encouraging students, faculty, staff, and alumni to think about how they, too, can give back. Giving represents our collective commitment to educating purposeful leaders who make the world a better place. 

This year, we're offering several opportunities to get involved and contribute. Whether online or in-person, we hope you'll join us in giving back in any way you can this Gies Giving Day! 

Gies Giving Day Food Drive – Join us in BIF Commons on October 26 from 1-4 pm as we collect non-perishable food items or monetary donations benefiting the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.  

Gies College of Business Emergency Scholarships – We continue to raise funds for the Gies College of Business Emergency Scholarship Fund, which helps students in financial crisis continue their education uninterrupted. Our students remain the heart of what we do every day. Join us in helping our students in need. Give Today.

*We look forward to returning to campus this fall and offering alumni and guests the safest in-person experience possible. Please visit https://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 https://covid19.illinois.edu/health-and-support/face-coverings/. We will continue to provide updates as event dates approach.