Emerson Leadership Institute

The Emerson Leadership Institute at Saint Louis University aims to develop and deliver education, professional development, research and community engagement programs that shape and enable ethical leaders.


The Emerson Leadership Institute is the next evolution of a 25-year partnership between Emerson and the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business. It establishes a leadership “hub” that supports impactful academic programs, leading-edge research initiatives, and market-driven community engagement activities where ethics and responsible leadership are required as core tenets.

Education and Training

The Emerson Leadership Institute offers education and training programs on various topics related to leadership and ethics. Programs are developed and delivered by faculty and staff from the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business and other schools and centers across the University. We also partner with leadership experts throughout the country to enhance our training curriculum.

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Learn more about the center's certificate programs

Custom Group Training

Contact us to learn how the Emerson Leadership Institute can create a custom leadership training course to meet your specific business and industry needs. We partner with the Saint Louis University Workforce Center to build tailored courses that focus on developing exceptional leaders and high-performance teams.

Classes are available on-site in SLU’s 14,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art training center as well as virtually through instructor-led WebEx sessions. A team of eight instructors comprised of University faculty and industry professionals can customize and deliver private training sessions that incorporate a variety of topics aimed at leading the self, leading others, and leading organizations:

  • Change management
  • Leadership development
  • Conflict resolution
  • Motivating teams
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Organizational leadership
  • Effective communication
  • Project management
  • Executive coaching
  • Public speaking
  • Inclusion in the workplace (diversity)
  • Strategic negotiating
  • Influence with integrity
  • Talent management

Contact the center at eli@slu.edu or at 314-977-3836 for more information about custom group training.

Professional Events

The Emerson Leadership Institute provides opportunities for community leaders to engage with experts on leadership and ethical business. Professional conferences, seminars and speaker sessions bring together business leaders, scholars and members of the community in a rich learning environment.

Faculty and Staff

  • James Fisher, Ph.D.
  • Anastasios Kaburakis, Ph.D.
  • Andrew Kaikati, Ph.D.
  • Carl Maertz, Ph.D.
  • Vincent Volpe, J.D., Ph.D.
  • David Webb, director
  • Beth-Anne Yakubu, executive director