Jonathan Weiss

Major: Business Management and Project Management
Hometown: Novato, CA
Class: Fall 2013
Program Position: Ambassador | Wildcat Leadership Institute

How did you first get connected with the Wildcat Leadership Institute (WLI)?
Amy Lance the Director of College Business Advising recommended me to Mark Gorney as a potential candidate for the Wildcat Leadership Institute. I applied Spring 2013 to the Institute and was accepted into the Certificate of Applied Leadership program.

How would you describe your current role with the WLI?
As an Ambassador for the Wildcat Leadership Institute my primary responsibility is to be the bridge builder between the student body at CSU, Chico and the Institute. We at the Wildcat Leadership Institute constantly seek out new opportunities to collaborate across the campus and community. My role is to serve as an assistant in the strategic development, innovation, and purposeful action of the Wildcat Leadership Institute.

What does working for the WLI do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
My life has been enriched personally through the incredible relationships I have been able to build from involvement with the Wildcat Leadership Institute. As a young business professional, the training and experience I receive through the Institute is invaluable and most recently has given me a competitive advantage post-graduation. Succeeding academically stems from well-being in and outside of the classroom. The Wildcat Leadership Institute has intentionally created an atmosphere of support and inspiration as a place where hard working students can feel rejuvenated and refreshed.

What do YOU bring to the table in your position with the WLI?
My passion for effective leadership, making a difference, and leaving a legacy are all leading  factors that play significant roles in the contributions I bring to the Wildcat Leadership Institute. At the Institute we are in the growth and establishment phase that all new organizations must experience. On a daily basis I am contributing to the organizational framework of our programs, while building our brand recognition, and building a legacy that will prove to be a resource to others.

What are your career plans and how does your position with the Wildcat Leadership Institute better prepare you for that path?
Soon after graduating in December 2013 I will be moving to Israel as part of the Aliyah (obtaining Israeli citizenship) process. The end goal is to, within the next year,  be serving as part of the Israeli Defense Forces. This has been a dream of mine since my first trip to Israel when I was 14 years old. Upon completing my initial time of service I plan on pursuing my MBA in Israel or America. My career plans may alter after I obtain my MBA, but I will always remain highly involved in International Relations and leadership growth and development. My passion for making a difference and being the change I want to see in the world is the driving force behind my career plans.

My position within the Wildcat Leadership Institute has prepared me to effectively work in positions of leadership in many different facets. There is a unique support system within the Associated Students and the WLI that draws on the strengths of individuals. Associated Students and the WLI provides a place for collaboration and growth for those seeking to leave their comfort zones and begin experiencing true personal, professional, and academic growth.