George and Carol Bauer Leadership Center

The Bauer Leadership Center equips leaders of competence and character to make a positive and principled difference in their organizations, their communities and society at large.

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WashU Olin’s Bauer Leadership Center (BLC) is grounded in the proposition that true leadership in business requires the ability to deliver business results while staying true to one’s values and responsibilities. We call that Values Based, Data Driven leadership.

Values-based leaders produce economic value for companies while creating meaningful careers, more engaging workplaces and more responsible enterprises. Our objective—the development of values-based leaders—is made possible by the generous support of George and Carol Bauer. Their vision, energy and example of ethical leadership have been, and will continue to be, an inspiration.

What’s New at the BLC

Our Mission

Advancing Values-Based Leadership



Educating and inspiring the next generation

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Creating knowledge about best practices

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Business Impact

Transforming how organizations practice leadership

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The Bauer Leadership Center Mission

Helping young leaders reflect on their value systems and applying those value systems to judgements in the business world and personal lives.

Leadership, in the 21st century, is one of the most important things facing our society ... the idea of leaders reflecting on morality, and how to apply it in both their business and private lives, is terribly important.

—George Bauer

Bauer Leadership Advisory Board Members

Yemi Akande-Bartsch, PhD
President and CEO, FOCUS St. Louis

Ken Cella
Principal, Branch Development, Edward Jones

Maxine Clark
CEO, Clark-Fox Family Foundation
Founder, Build-A-Bear Workshop
Chief INspirator, The Delmar DivINe

Steve Degnan
Chief HR Officer, Nestle Purina PetCare North America

Michael Holmes
Chairman Emeritus, Rx Outreach, Inc.

Orvin Kimbrough
Chairman and CEO, Midwest BankCentre

Sue McCollum
CEO and Owner, Double Eagle Distributing

John Mozeliak
President of Baseball Operations, St. Louis Cardinals

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Bauer Leadership Center

Amy VanEssendelft, Program Manager

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