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Creative Education & Training Activities

Whether you’re an experienced leader working in our community, or a student just beginning her journey, the Women’s Leadership Institute brings you a variety of opportunities to build leadership skills and perspective.

You benefit by developing an expanded worldview that opens the door to smarter decisions and creative solutions. And in any of our programs, you can expect an experience that’s engaging, interactive and unforgettable.

The Art of the Creative Leader

This highly experiential workshop series for both students and professionals explores five key creative leadership attributes through the intersection of the arts and leadership development. These learning experiences are designed and taught by artists, in collaboration with experts in education, business and leadership development. Participants are presented with unique exercises that allow for new ways of understanding these concepts and the know-how necessary to reflect, practice and connect them to the real world. This project is in collaboration with Christine Harris, creativity expert and CEO of Christine Harris Connections. Other partnerships include DanceWorks and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Brady Corporation's Women's Affinity Group and the Wells Fargo Asset Management women's ERG group launched the program this year, with future sessions scheduled with Mount Mary alumnae and students. 

Partnership with Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)

As part of Mount Mary's Creative Campus initiative, CCL and educators from Mount Mary have co-created a flagship leadership course, designed to bring Fortune 500 leadership research and programming expertise into the classroom, accelerating creative leadership skills for tomorrow's women professionals. This course will be launched in conjunction with the Leadership for Social Justice course in spring 2015, to include teaching skills in agility, experimentation, imagination, open-mindedness, navigating complexity and design thinking. 


Summer Leadership Institute

This intensive, four-day residential Summer Leadership Institute for students brings together a diverse group of female college students from around the state to learn about women’s leadership and civic participation from accomplished women leaders. Interactive workshops and the residential facet create a powerful immersive experience.

College Campus Explorers Youth Initiative

In partnership with the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, this annual youth program gives young women opportunities to learn about creative leadership through hands-on projects involving art/ art therapy, science, business etiquette and public speaking lead by the MMU faculty, culminating with a pizza party on the Mount Mary campus! A true college life experience! This year's program took place on Friday, November 14, 2014 for Girl Scouts in grades 6-10. A special thank you to our sponsor, Cathy Davies, for making this program a success!  

Student Leadership Retreat

This annual student Fall Leadership Retreat is a program led by Campus Ministry and the Women's Leadership Institute. Held overnight and off campus, Mount Mary students participate in activities and presentations aimed to help them discover their own leadership styles and potential, also including reflection and group activities.  

Sweats to Suits Leadership Experience

Coming in the spring of 2015, this leadership experience will be offered to Mount Mary students as a collaborative effort through the Women's Leadership Institute, Academic and Career Development, the Promise Program, and Alumnae and Parent Relations. This five-week series will enhance students' creative thinking skills by integrating their educational experience into the world of work through the use of tools and methodologies. The series will focus on three learning experiences including a better understanding of self through experimenting and exploring; practice critical and creative thinking competencies that are transferable into the workplace; and connecting their education into real life work. Students can REGISTER HERE!

For more information on any of these programs, contact Natalie Strade at straden@mtmary.edu or (414) 443-3606.