Warrington Diplomat Leadership Ventures

What are Leadership Ventures?

Leadership ventures are unique out-of-the-classroom experiences to help connect business students while teaching leadership, teamwork, and communication skills in a hands-on way, out of the normal environment. Leadership Ventures allow students to meet their peers, work in a group, and have fun. New leadership ventures are introduced each year, while still keeping some of the favorites. Any Warrington College of Business undergraduate student is eligible to apply.

Past Ventures

Pumpkin Carving

This Leadership Venture was on October 30th, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00pm in the Heavener Courtyard.

Sailing Regatta

This Leadership Venture puts Warrington Students on the St. Augustine open water with an introduction to sailing and sailboat racing. Participants will be divided among the racing boats and learn to work as a team, rotating through the various responsibilities, effectively communicating to with the race against the other teams. The participants will choose their helmsperson and will be given instructions by the instructor. The race will give the participants a chance to practice their skills and work together to cross the finish line first. The Sailing Regatta Leadership Venture was the first leadership venture hosted by the Warrington Diplomats and continues to be a staple each fall.

Amazing Race: Gainesville

Warrington students put their Gainesville navigation, strategic, and leadership skills to the test. Based on the popular television program, teams race across the University of Florida campus and surrounding Gainesville community to make it first to the final checkpoint. The Amazing Race features several unique and fun challenges that help students develop critical thinking, team building, and communication skills.

Cake Boss

The Cake Boss Leadership Venture provides an opportunity for students to learn the art of cake decorating, how to work with challenging expectations, and present their finished product to their client. Students will be divided into teams and tasked with creating cakes for a sweet sixteen, anniversary, child’s birthday party, and more. The leadership venture will focus on building teamwork and communication skills, networking with fellow business students, improving public speaking competencies. This Leadership Venture will be held at the Fat Tuscan Café in Gainesville.

Firefighter For A Day

While most people run away from fires, firefighters rush to them. They rely on technical training and teamwork to keep citizens safe. The Warrington Diplomat’s Firefighter for a Day Leadership Venture is your opportunity to learn invaluable skills and get a once in a lifetime experience alongside your peers in the Warrington College of Business. This event will be full of learning new skills including: how to improve your response to stressful situations, how to work with a team in a high pressure environment, and how to adapt your leadership style to new scenarios. The event will be held at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala and will be a full day of hands-on learning. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from Florida’s best fire officials, repel off the side of a building, extinguish a live fire, and much more. You won’t want miss this experience of a lifetime!

Iron Chef: Fat Tuscan

Teams of Warrington Students are put to the test in the kitchen developing a meal comprised of a secret ingredient. Within each team, roles are divided between the cooking of the food, development of a restaurant name and concept, and pitch to the panel of judges. Partnering with local restaurant, Fat Tuscan, teams will have the ability to develop their teamwork, communication, and active listening skills while making new friends and learning about different restaurants in the local community.


To provide a once in a lifetime, unique out of the classroom experience for Warrington students, leadership ventures require a large amount of resources. We are currently looking for ways to build partnerships with interested guests and employers to provide this amazing experience to more students and even more exciting places. If you are interested in more information on how you can partner with the Warrington Diplomats for future Leadership Ventures, please contact Bernadine Thomas, Associate Director, Undergraduate Business Career Services.