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


Marilyn Loubier

Hometown: Alta Dena, CA
Major: Supply and Value Chain Management
Employer: Mary Kay Incorporated
Role: Global Inventory Control Analyst
Favorite Quote: “Recognize that we exist only in our relationships and that the quality of our relationship determines the quality of our lives.”

Alumni Making a Difference


Emily Sivak

Graduated: 2015
Now: Business Technology Analyst at Deloitte Consulting
Duties: She works closely with senior partners, client leadership and other practitioners to deliver technology-driven business transformation programs in the Retail space, usually revolving around Oracle product implementation. These projects include activities such as business process modelling, process improvement, financial modelling, requirements gathering, system architecture modelling, and project schedule/budget management. For her current engagement, she is working with her client's UK entity on a tech strategy effort to modernize their existing system landscape necessary to their core business. 
Recent Success: Recently helped a client successfully launch a new store planning application that will help them better forecast their sales and inventory plans. Added benefit: the employee discount!