What is the BNSF Neeley Leadership Program?

The BNSF Neeley Leadership program is a three-year intensive leadership development program of coursework and co-curricular activities that prepares students to be leaders at work, and in life.


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Why the BNSF Neeley Leadership Program?

The program is a unique combination of experiences that takes students with a thirst for learning and turns them into confident, poised, self-aware and highly effective leaders. By the time they graduate, our students know how to influence and get things done.

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Our program is a fully integrated, intensive leadership development experience that rivals those of individuals at more advanced stages of their career.

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Our unique combination of curricular and co-curricular activities immerses students in experiential learning that helps them grow and reach new heights.

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Our students graduate with a keen understanding of leadership principles and the practical experience to know how to apply them.

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Our alumni are not just leaders at work. They are also leaders in their communities, society and the world.

"A Neeley Leader is someone who is light on their feet, recognizes situations and is fully in them–already prepared before a meeting, wondering what he or she will contribute even before it starts."
-Brett Irvin, BNSF Railway

Current Students

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J.R. Fredstrom

Major: Finance
Employer: JPMorgan Chase
Role: Private Bank Analyst
Favorite Quote: "Understand what you want and know what you are willing to endure to get it – that is what it means to be relentless." -Tim S. Grover

Alumni Making a Difference

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Thomas Cochran

Graduated: 2010
Now: Director, DFW Flight Service at American Airlines
Duties: Thomas joined the company in 2010 and has had a diverse set of experiences over the past 7 years, spending time in Finance, Airport Customer Service, Customer Planning, and Revenue Management. Thomas joined Flight Service in 2016 where he served as the Director of Business Development.
Recent Success: In the last year, Thomas has built a new team in Flight Service to help provide analytical and project management support to the Flight Service Base teams.