2013 James R. Meindl Student Leadership Award
The CSUSM Center for Leadership Innovation and Mentorship Building (CLIMB) selected
Heather Wildonger as the recipient of the 2012-2013 James R. Meindl Student Leadership
Award. The award honors one graduating senior from the College of Business Administration
that demonstrated outstanding leadership and/or mentorship in school, at work, and/or
in the community.
The award, sponsored by Jack Leu, Ph.D., was presented at the CoBA Dean’s List Recognition
Breakfast on April 12, 2013. Heather was selected because she exemplifies CLIMB’s
mission: to foster the development of effective leaders at all levels – individual,
team, organization, and community.
Heather is a San Diego native who transferred to CSUSM in the fall of 2010. She has
been a member of the CSUSM Accounting Society for five semesters and served as President
during the 2012-13 academic year. A fellow Society member noted that, “Heather is
a great leader because she is sensitive to the needs of students and can energize
a group of people to act.” As she prepared to graduate, Heather is also working to
start an Alumni Chapter of the Accounting Society.
In 2009 Heather founded H.E.A.R.T., a nonprofit organization. As a student she also
works part-time at a managerial accounting firm. After graduating in May, 2013, she
will begin studying for the CPA exam. In her spare time, Heather enjoys working on
mixed media arts. She enjoys traveling to other countries and will be visiting Peru
Each spring CLIMB recognizes an outstanding student leader to receive the James R.
Meindl Student Leadership Award. CLIMB has also fostered and supported student leadership
through its Executive Mentoring Program that connects senior business students with
local San Diego executives for a one-on-one mentoring experience. In the Executive’s
Chair is a CSUSM course founded by CLIMB that brings senior executives into the classroom
to discuss aspects of business, career, and life. CLIMB also focuses on organizing
leadership seminars for the benefit of the campus and external communities and recognizing
outstanding business leaders.