Future Leaders Tour

The Novak Future Leaders Tour, along with other student programs within the Novak Leadership Institute, was developed to meet the evolving needs of tomorrow’s leaders. The tour places specific emphasis on visiting organizations where strategic communication, technology and innovation intersect. Silicon Valley lies at the very center of this intersection and offers valuable opportunities for students to connect with leaders, network and gain inspiration for their careers.

About the Novak Future Leaders Tour:

Launched in 2018, the Future Leaders Tour introduces students to the Bay Area and includes a range of immersive and interactive site visits. Each day students visit two or more companies or organizations and participate in workshops, information sessions, tours, networking, career coaching, and résumé reviews. Past trips have included visits to the following organizations:

  • Adobe
  • Apple
  • Edelman
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • IDEO
  • Inkhouse PR
  • LaunchSquad 
  • R/GA
  • Square
  • mcgarrybowenSF
  • Salesforce
  • Stanford dSchool
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Wired Magazine 


At these site visits, students gain valuable insights and exposure to cutting edge ideas and people. Students have done everything from participate in a workshop to redesign the Instagram app user experience at Facebook, to engaging in design thinking workshops at the Stanford dSchool, to participating in a mobile video competition and focus group at Adobe.

Each night, the group also travels to a different part of the city for dinner where we invite Mizzou Journalism alumni and agency leaders to join us to share their experiences and network with students. Finally, we leave time to visit some of the top sites and cultural attractions in the Bay Area. Previous destinations include SF MOMA, The Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Tamalpais, Ghiradelli Square, the Museum of Ice Cream and the Embarcadero.



Future Leaders Tour participants receive a $500 scholarship to cover the cost of flights and meals. On-ground transportation and housing are provided by the Institute.


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