The Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) program offers unique workshops to help students develop the personal skills and knowledge necessary for future success in both life and career.
The GOLD mission is accomplished through education, development, and training of students in an extensive series of personal development programs, institutes, leadership certificates, service learning, volunteer work, and active engagement in college and community life.
2020-2021 Student Experience
94.7% of students rated the GOLD workshops as either "good" or "excellent."
88.7% of students either agreed or strongly agreed that they would recommend the GOLD workshop to another student.
89.9% of students either agreed or strongly agreed that they expected to utilize the information learned in their current or future endeavors.
2020-2021 Student Engagement
3,635 student participants in 214 GOLD workshops taught by 45 faculty and staff.
Over 60% of students participating in GOLD workshops worked toward completing at least one leadership certificate.
Student participants submitted 2,525 post-workshop surveys and over 1,000 journal reflections.
2020-2021 Student Experience in the School of Business Professional Development Certificate Program
93.3% of students either agreed or strongly agreed the professional development workshop they attended was helpful to their career development.
92.6% of students either agreed or strongly agreed the professional development workshop they attended increased their knowledge on the topic.
92.5% of students either agreed or strongly agreed the professional development workshop they attended was presented in a way that was respectful to diversity and inclusivity.
Meet the GOLD Staff
History of GOLD
Since 2000, the GOLD program has been developing leaders at Geneseo! The approach, efforts, and impact of GOLD were captured in the 2014 book Building Leaders One Hour At A Time.
The GOLD program has been recognized nationally as a program of excellence and distinction by the National Association for Campus Activities and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Most recently, in 2021 the GOLD program received the Excellence in Career Development Services/Programming Award by the SUNY Career Development Organization (CDO).