Indiana University

Inspiring and Cultivating Leadership Excellence


Tobias Center Vision

The enduring mission of the Tobias Center is inspiring leadership excellence on a national scale.  Special access to the Center’s work will be furnished to Indiana citizens for the distinct purpose of enhancing leadership within the state.


News and Events

Hoosier Fellows Program

Click here to watch a brief video clip of the Hoosier Fellows Pit Crew Challenge!


Click here to see a video of the Hoosier Fellows with Frances Hesselbein at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

IUPUI Pays Homage to Transformational Donors

For his support of the study and practice of leadership, Randy Tobias is honored as one of the 2009 Spirit of Philanthropy Honorees.

Hoosier Fellows Program Equips Executives with Tools for Leadership

The Hoosier Fellows is a unique program offering Indiana leaders the rare opportunity to learn about the many facets of leadership in a way that’s meaningful as they grow in their careers.

Joe Mamlin Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Retired Indiana University Professor and speaker for the 2007 Semler Lecture honored for his work treating HIV/AIDS in Kenya.

Partner Schools

Welcome to the Tobias Center

The Tobias Center focuses on research and programs related to the study of leadership across all sectors – including corporate, public service, education, religion, medicine, and non-profit organizations.  Its focus on multiple sectors and on both the practice and theory of leadership distinguishes its agenda among leadership programs nationwide.  Through ongoing research in a variety of sectors, it generates knowledge about leadership and disseminates this knowledge through a variety of programs.


Leadership Engagement And Discovery: the Tobias Leadership Conference

April 20-21, 2017
The Alexander Hotel
Indianapolis, IN


The Tobias Leadership Conference is entering its second decade with a new name, revised format, and an exciting keynote speaker but maintains all the aspects of the conference that has made it a “must attend” and “most valuable” conference over the years. The gathering is well-known for collegiality, innovative and intriguing presentations, and as ​a platform for reinvigorating leadership research and practice. Our new name reflects an emphasis on interaction and exploration: the Leadership Engagement and Discovery (LEAD) Conference. We are now accepting abstracts for the 2017 Conference; they may be emailed to us at


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Hazelett Forum


This forum celebrates the achievements of women leaders. Together, students, faculty, and the community explore the role of gender and work/life balance in the modern workplace.  Open to the public.

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