This year’s 4th Annual Leadership Initiative Conference (LINC) brought 50 admitted high school seniors from all across the state of Texas, from Plano to Brownsville to Beaumont, and everywhere in between, to Texas A&M University the last weekend of February.

LINC introduces talented admitted students to the Mays Transformational Leader framework, with an emphasis on the mindsets, core competencies, and collaborative community that sets Mays apart from other undergraduate business programs.

Selected “delegates” participated in small group discussions led by small group leaders who are current Mays undergraduate students. On the second day of the conference, attendees competed in a case competition focused on ethical decision making.

Additionally, these admitted students experienced interactive lectures and presentations from faculty and staff members including Dr. Annie McGowan, Dr. Mike Shaub, Patrick Williams, Bailey Urban, and Claire Raabe.

This year, LINC was directed by junior finance major Brandon Biavaschi and sophomore management major Deborah Rao. The staff directors for the program are Jeana Guillory and Corey Stone.

Founded by Andres Bustos in 2015, with support from Marty Loudder, LINC operates as a collaboration between Undergraduate Special Programs and Undergraduate Recruiting. LINC remains a key resource in matriculating Texas’ top future undergraduate business students.

Revealing the Mays entreneurial mindset video in the final session of the conference, which features Bustos and Loudder discussing the creation of LINC, reinforced the value of student leadership and innovation at Mays, and attending delegates left the conference informed and excited about transformational leadership at Mays Business School.