Business Leader Development Program (BLDP)
Building Future Leaders
Do you have what it takes to lead?
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 BDLP program is a three-credit seminar course taught in a seminar format. 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:
- Networking opportunities with area executives, community leaders, and Rutgers alumni.
- Community activities, including Executive Lunches, Non-profit service projects, alumni events, and more.
- Field trips to area companies and organizations, where students get a hands-on look at strategic planning and operations.
- Communication training to help tomorrow’s leaders sharpen their speaking and presentation skills.
The BLDP is available to Rutgers–Camden undergraduate students of all majors who meet the requirements. To qualify, students must:
- Have a sophomore standing (25-55 completed credits) or above and an overall GPA of 3.0 or above. First-semester transfer students are evaluated on their GPA earned at Rutgers. Second-semester freshmen are considered on an individual case basis.
- Prepare a personal essay on what you hope to gain from the BLDP and what you can contribute.
- Provide two letters of recommendation – one must be academic, the other should be from outside the classroom.
- Complete the online application for the upcoming semester.
- Completion of the BLDP will consist of coursework and non-coursework opportunities for active development of leadership skills and habits, as well as Honors Certification. Learn more about Honors Certification.
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The Fall 2021 Application is now open! Priority will be given to applications received by Friday, April 2, 2021. Applications are accepted until all seats are filled.
Fall 2021 BLDP Seminar
The seminar will focus on the Elements of Effective Business Management, including marketing, mangement, organizational behavior, and finance, among others.
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 Day
One of the highlights of the BLDP calendar is Executive Shadowing Day. 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.
Leadership Takes Effort
The BLDP is guided by a strict Code of Conduct.
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A Message from the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs
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.
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Best wishes for your success here at Rutgers-Camden!
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:
- Exceeding expectations —Students are taught to go above and beyond what is required in order to maximize the development of their personal and intellectual capabilities.
- Service to others —BLDP student-leaders are expected to initiate and/or substantially contribute to programs, activities, and events that help the community and individuals.
- Lead by example —A business leader serves as a model of excellence, continually demonstrating the traits that inspire others such as determination, drive, self-discipline, self-confidence, demeanor, sense of fairness, respect for others, and the highest ethical behavior.
- Accountability —Students are responsible for their own actions and held accountable for getting things done with and through others.
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