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Business Leader Development Program (BLDP) - Transformative Leaders for the Emerging Future

BLDP Mission

BLDP prepares students to undertake socially responsible leader roles in businesses and organizations. The program offers opportunity to develop:

  • Personal leadership skills
  • Professional leadership skills and networking opportunities
  • Socially responsible leadership skills

BLDP Overview

The Rutgers School of Business–Camden’s Business Leader Development Program (BLDP) is where tomorrow’s business and community leaders can hone the skills they need to reach their full potential as leaders. Students who qualify for the BLDP will have the opportunity to network and receive enhanced training and mentorship by RSBC faculty, as well as area business leaders.

At the heart of the BLDP program is a three-credit seminar course taught in a seminar format. BLDP seminars cover leadership topics related to the current and emerging concerns around

  • Health and well-being
  • Poverty and economic growth
  • Equity, inclusion, diversity, inequality
  • Innovations for sustainable future
  • Climate change issues
  • Responsible consumption and production

BLDP classes typically meet on Friday mornings each semester. After a student is admitted to the program, the required BLDP seminar is available to undergraduate students of all majors and can count as a business elective.

The BLDP is not like any other program at RSBC. It has a higher level of expectations and demands. Students can learn about area business leaders and build their network by participating in our activities described below. For those who succeed, it can open the door to a world of opportunity. 

The BLDP offers a range of programs, workshops, and off-campus trips that complement our BLDP seminar. Events include:

BLDP Requirements

The BLDP is available to all Rutgers–Camden undergraduate students of all majors who meet the requirements. To qualify, students must:

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In addition to the BLDP course, students can complete the BLDP Honors Certification. The certification combines the traditional coursework with out-of-classroom opportunities for students to demonstrate active development of leadership skills and habits. Each of these opportunities carry a point value referred to as “leadership units.” In order to complete the BLDP Honors Certification, students must earn a total of 14 leadership units while enrolled in a Rutgers-Camden academic program.

The BLDP provides an opportunity for qualified undergraduate students of all majors to receive enhanced leadership training, networking, and mentoring by RSBC faculty and industry business leaders. Through Credly. com, RSBC currently offers three potential badges, or digital credentials, for the BLDP program, depending on the activities completed by the student and the focus of the leadership units completed by the student.

Executive Shadowing

One of the highlights of the BLDP calendar is Executive Shadowing. It gives BLDP students the opportunity to spend time shadowing a local executive—accompanying them to meetings, observing working sessions, and anything else the Executive has scheduled for the day. It’s a rare opportunity to get an up-close look at how Executives spend their time.

A Message from the Director

Dear Students: 

The Business Leader Development Program can enable you to build leadership skills and insights that are valuable in your professional career.  Students will learn basic leadership principles and conduct a self-assessment of their leadership style. They will build public speaking expertise and develop skills in through numerous networking opportunities with local business leaders, executives, and previous program participants. Please email me if you have any questions about the BLDP.

Best wishes for your success here at Rutgers-Camden!

Dr. Yuliya Strizhakova
Director, BLDP

Values of BLDP

Our Values are our Compass

The Rutgers School of Business–Camden Business Leader Development Program emphasizes that leadership is a skill that can be learned, practiced, and sharply honed. Our values reflect our commitment to developing the leadership skills and abilities that are already inherent in our high-achieving BLDP students.

The values of the BLDP are:

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BLDP Executive Shadowing Application v2

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If I am chosen and matched with an executive, I will follow through and prepare a one-page report giving honest feedback about the experience. The written summary is due by the start of the next semester. By typing my name in the box to the right I am offering my digital signature in lieu of my handwritten signature.

After the shadowing event, I will write a personal thank you letter to the executive and copy Dr. Kaufman-Scarborough and Ms. Bridget Britton for their records. By typing my name in the box to the right I am offering my digital signature in lieu of my handwritten signature.

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After notified of a match, students are responsible for providing personal information to the matched executive (e.g., current resume and cover letter with information on career ambitions). The information on this application is for internal use only, for us to match you as well as possible with and executive from among our alumni database.

BLDP Application

The Spring 2023 Application is now open! 

Priority will be given to applications received by November 18. Applications are accepted until all seats are filled. Space is limited, so apply early!

The seminar application process is our gateway for entry into the program. Upon acceptance into BLDP, students will be emailed their acceptance letter plus a special permission number allowing registration for the BLDP seminar.


Seminar applications are solicited each semester and require the following:

  1. Completed application form (at the bottom of this page),
  2. For students with GPA 3.0 – 3.49, two (2) letters of recommendation (one academic; one other)

Rutgers-Camden students are invited to apply to apply for enrollment in the BLDP seminar. All applicants are expected to meet both of the following selection criteria:  (1) have sophomore standing or above and (2) have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above. First-semester transfer students will be evaluated based on their GPA earned at Rutgers. Students who fail to meet these admission criteria may still be allowed to apply for (and possibly enroll in) the BLDP seminar, but they will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The director balances evaluations to make final decisions on people accepted for the seminar (up to a maximum of 15-20 each semester).

Students who are admitted to the BDLP are required to adopt the BLDP Code of Conduct. A signed contract is required from each student.

Students may count activities toward “leadership units” that were initiated prior to taking a seminar, as long as those activities occured primarily during their enrollment in their academic program.

Application for Admission to BLDP Seminar

Applications for the BLDP Seminar will be ongoing until class is filled.

BLDP Program Application

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  • List relevant employment history

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  • School Leadership Information

  • Provide evidence of leadership initiative while enrolled in school by listing all school-based organizations and activities in which you have held a leadership role while a student.

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  • Community Leadership Information

  • Provide a list of community or volunteer activities in which you engaged in a leadership role.

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  • In your own words (100-350), discuss the reasons why your application should be considered for the Business Leader Development Program, including what you hope to gain from the program and what you can contribute.

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  • If you need to submit two reference letters, please email them to Ideally, you should receive one letter from an academic source (e.g., a former or current instructor), and one from a business source (e.g., a former employer - even if for a part-time or volunteer position).

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