The Gore Giovale Center for Innovative Leadership connects students with community and organizational leaders to offer hands-on learning opportunities and to foster meaningful conversations about leadership. The center is dedicated to ensuring students can move forward confidently in their lives and careers, lead from any place, and make a positive difference in the world. You can choose to support the Gore Giovale Center for Innovative Leadership by making a donation.


  • Lindsie Smith

    Lindsie Smith

    • FULL-TIME Staff
    • Director Gore Giovale Center for Innovative Learning

    M.A.C.L. Westminster University
    B.A. University of Wyoming

    Phone: 801.832.2588


    Office Location: Gore School of Business 122

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Community Conversations on Leadership 

Community Conversations on Leadership is a series of panel discussions with industry and community leaders from multiple sectors. Conversations will focus on challenges facing these sectors and the leadership needed to address them. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend.

The center is excited to host another series of panel conversations exploring effective leadership. This academic year, we will explore contemporary issues with a wide range of leaders to help us learn and grow.

Each conversation will include a post-panel Connections Reception to encourage continued dialogue among attendees and to strengthen and grow professional relationships. These events are free, and students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend.

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Thank you to Wells Fargo for supporting the 2023-24 Community Conversations on Leadership program.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Community Impact Scholars

The Community Impact Scholars program features experiential learning opportunities that help students develop leadership skills and gain a deeper understanding of effective community engagement and social and environmental justice issues. Community Impact Scholars students build a foundation that supports their future learning and helps guide them in the transition from college to career.

Community Impact Scholars is a collaboration between the Dumke Center for Civic Engagement, Environmental Center, Gore Giovale Center for Innovative Leadership, and Student Engagement and Belonging.

Program Sponsors

Thank you to the Edward L. Burton Foundation and Wells Fargo for supporting the 2023-24 Community Impact Scholars Program.

Case Competition

In partnership with the Goff Strategic Leadership Center at the University of Utah, the center facilitates Westminster’s participation in the Inclusion and Business Strategy Case Competition. Student teams compete with one another to solve a business case for a real client. At the competition, the teams present their ideas to a panel of judges, and the team with the best proposal wins. This competition is intended for students to gain experience developing proposals and pitching ideas.

Out of 9 teams that competed in the 2023 Inclusion and Business Strategy Case Competition, one of Westminster University’s student teams took first place, winning a $1,000 prize. The center will facilitate participation again for the 2024 Case Competition.

Want to get involved? Contact Lindsie Smith ( for more information.