Skills & Knowledge Acquired

Skills / Knowledge Acquired from Worksites


  • Asbestos inspections CAD work
  • Soil sampling at drill sites Air quality monitoring Storm water mapping

New York:

  • Stock market
  • Commodities market PAC’s/Lobbyist Washington D.C. politicians Dodd Frank Act
  • Algorithms


  • Graduate School administration
  • University logistics
  • Campus-Town interaction
  • Graduate School recruitment
  • Human Resource challenges
  • Green Space challenges
  • Clinical observations of the medical practice
  • Leadership interactions with high-level university presidents* Federal healthcare reform

Kentucky #1:

  • Fast Food operations, including:
  • Opening/closing stores
  • Cooking
  • Financial perspectives regarding fast food industry Managerial Skills

Kentucky #2:

  • Non-Profit infrastructure
  • Website construction
  • Marketing (Meth Awareness) campaigns Organizational skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Technology applications
  • Adaptability


  • Agriculture dynamics
  • How to host a large meeting International customs & culture Supply Chain infrastructure Mexican culture
  • Farming challenges (financial & agricultural)

Overall Leadership Characteristics Focused On:

  • Work Ethic–most common characteristic from great leaders observed in RWL. Empowerment–knowing who to empower and who not to empower. Passion–using passion to accomplish the goals at hand and inspire others. Efficiency–using your time effectively.
  • Surround Yourself with Quality People–bringing the best team together allows for higher potential.

Skills Acquired from Project Preparation

  • Goal setting
  • Planning skills
  • Financial budgeting
  • Marketing (sponsorship acceptance)
  • Tenacity (Administrations are hesitant to approve something completely new)

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About the Program

The Real World Leaders - Real World Students Program is a leadership program created in partnership with the University of Kentucky that enables students to work at different work sites across America and observe a wide variety of leadership skills, traits and characteristics.

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