Leading through Learning

The Shelton Leadership Center serves NC State University by offering values-based leadership development designed to help students find direction and achieve success. The programs open to students at NC State include academic courses and leadership minors, the Shelton National Scholarship Program, the Chancellor’s Leadership Development Program, the Carolina Regional Entrepreneurial Albright Team Experience (CREATE), the Shelton Student Ambassadors program, the Shelton Challenge summer internship, and the Shelton Speaker Series. Every program provides research-driven and interactive values-based leadership development content that is delivered through training, events, and for-credit courses.

Contact Andrea Ramos-Lewis to learn more about programming for college students.

The Carolina Regional Entrepreneurial Albright Team Experience (CREATE)

The Carolina Regional Entrepreneurial Albright Team Experience or CREATE is a year-long entrepreneurial program for leadership development of high school students in North Carolina and university students at NC State that culminates in a state-wide proposal competition. The program is a collaboration between NC State Entrepreneurship and the SLC.

CREATE Mentors

NC State students who want to be program liaisons and mentors to high school students can apply to be a CREATE Mentor.

In order for students to be CREATE mentors, they will need to enroll in the two courses (two credits in the fall and one credit in the spring.) These courses will cover entrepreneurial concepts, leadership theories, team dynamics, and teaching/facilitating strategies.

CREATE Mentors will meet with their assigned high school team to facilitate the curriculum and prepare students for the CREATE competition in the spring.

Shelton Student Ambassador Program

The Shelton Student Ambassador Program will develop student’s skills related to values-based leadership, public speaking, strategic and critical thinking through a series of activities and projects. In this experience, students will collaborate with the Shelton Leadership Center staff on projects related to the center’s values (honesty, integrity, diversity, social responsibility, and compassion). Some of these projects may include: identifying areas of growth for the center, serving as a host for an event, evaluating programming, presenting ideas to the office, collaborating on a center event, or designing a community-focused event for students to participate in. By actively participating in the creation, analysis, discussion, and reflection of activities and projects, ambassadors will gain or enhance their skills. Through this experience, students will not only develop as values-based leaders, they will cultivate a passion for active citizenship. Students will participate in bi-weekly meetings with advisors to review projects and discuss how these projects extend from both personal and center values, and how this experience is preparing students for their future aspirations. 

This is a one year program, however, ambassadors are well prepared for future SLC opportunities in leadership as a coach/mentor/trainer for the Red Hat Shelton Challenge or even applying to serve as a Year-Two ambassador.

New Shelton Student Ambassadors are recruited at the end of each spring semester. For more information on the program, please contact Sierra Smith  or Jenn Fendrich.

Foundational Five Series

This five-part workshop series explores the values of compassion, honesty, integrity, diversity, and social responsibility and how these relate to effective leadership and community engagement as a professional.

Through this program, you will learn how to utilize your values, education, and career aspirations to become effective leaders in your communities and organizations.

All workshops will be offered virtually over Zoom, will last about two hours, and will be capped at 35 students.

Course and Minors

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Chancellor’s Leadership Development Program

Read about our Chancellor’s Leadership Development Program

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Shelton Leadership Center Scholarships

These scholarships provide unique mentoring experiences for recipients

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Meet the Shelton Scholars

These scholars remain committed to living out values-based leadership


Become a scholarship donor

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Shelton Speaker Series

Learn about the seven NC State alumni who will be sharing their stories this year.

Shelton Speaker Series

Shelton Challenge Summer Internship

The Shelton Challenge hires college student summer interns each summer to assist with...

Shelton Challenge Internship