Ginny Wilson-Peters will take her Midwest brand of leadership training abroad this summer to teach graduate classes in Italy.
Wilson-Peters, the president of Integrity Integrated, a Quad-City leadership development company, will teach Leadership and Personal Development from June 2-13 for the Consortium Institute of Management and Business Analysis, or CIMBA. She teaches the same courses through the University of Iowa in the Quad-Cities, Cedar Rapids and Des Moines.
This marks her third trip to Italy to teach on behalf of the University of Iowa, one of the 30 accredited universities that make up the consortium. Iowa also is the program's designated credit-granting institution.
"This is a lot of the same material covered in Integrity Integrated's Leadership Academy,'' the Port Byron woman said. "The good thing about the leadership model I use is it really is relative around the globe."
The consortium, located in Paderno, Italy, draws students from the participating universities for summer and semester programs. The upper-level business electives are taught in English by faculty from the member universities.
This summer's class will be made up of 15 students, including three from Hong Kong. On a previous trip, she had a class full of MBA students from Italy.
Wilson-Peters said "the more I started interacting with folks from around the globe" the more similarities in leadership styles she has found.
Her latest trip comes as her leadership development and consulting business marks its 15th anniversary.
An adjunct professor for Iowa for 14 years, she was named MBA Professor of the Year by the University of Iowa Tippie School of Management CIMBA Italy Class of 2013. The award was presented at a graduation ceremony in Iowa City last year.
For the CIMBA students, who are mostly working adults, she said the two-week summer program is "an intense situation with a lot of studying, class time and preparation, and some fun time too."
The program allows students to take the business training but also gain meaningful, international experience through interacting with students from other countries and with the local culture. Visits to local businesses and travel opportunities are built into the program.
Wilson-Peters said her goal for her students is "they get a better understanding of who they are and where they want to be."
"It is is incredibly energizing," she said thinking of the 'light bulb moments" she has seen in her students when they "figure out who they are and where they want to go."
"It reinforces my mission in life to nurture and inspire others to reach for the stars," Wilson-Peters said.