A summer leadership academy like no other

The Summer Leadership Academy is a two and a half day residential program for young women held on the Mount Mary University campus. The Academy, taking place June 19-21, 2018, provides an immersive leadership and college-readiness experience for up to 30 incoming high school juniors and seniors. The Academy will prepare these young women to succeed in college and beyond through career exploration and by promoting self-awareness and developing vital skills in leadership, ethics, confidence, communication, and care for others.

How to apply

Submit your application today! Deadline to apply: Friday, May 18, 2018 (4:30 p.m.)

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Ashley Tannert

The Institute has changed me. I am more confident, more empathetic, more sure of who I am. I learned that the power to create immense change and become a leader starts within. I’m so excited to apply the skills I have developed.

Ashley Tannert

What you will learn at the Summer Leadership Academy

Sessions for your career and personal development led by Milwaukee business leaders and Mount Mary faculty:
  • Confidence
  • Vocational Exploration
  • Understanding Personality Differences
  • Importance of Sisterhood
  • Financial Aid 101
  • Choosing the Right College
  • Career Exploration
  • Networking with Young Professionals

The program is sponsored each year by community organizations interested in developing strong leaders.  Thank you to Johnson Controls for seeing the potential in programs like this and for investing in the lives of these women.

Who is eligible to apply?

We are committed to including women from diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, racial and educational backgrounds in each Summer Leadership Academy. Any high school juniors or seniors are eligible. We encourage all students with all kinds of interests and backgrounds to apply because we believe that everyone who attends benefits in some way. Diversity of views and positions on interests is considered a strength of the program.

When does the Summer Leadership Academy take place?

Tuesday, June 19 - Thursday, June 21, 2018. 

Do I live in the residence halls during this leadership academy?

Yes. This program provides the opportunity to meet incredible women from around the state who will mentor, coach, and teach you important skills for the future. The residential nature of the program creates an intensive learning experience that cannot be replicated with a series of one-day programs. This experience encourages friendship and camaraderie, building mentoring relationships and extends the learning experience beyond the formal program sessions, as conversations continue over meals and throughout the evening.

What does the program cost?

The cost to attend is $100 per student. This includes all meals, lodging, activities and program materials. The Summer Leadership Academy is supported by grants from corporate sponsors and individuals that cover some costs for this program. Some scholarships are available. Students will be responsible for their travel to/from Mount Mary University at the start and conclusion of the program. Students may want to bring a small amount of spending money for personal expenses, but it is not necessary.

When is the registration deadline?

Deadline to apply: Friday, May 18, 2018 (4:30 p.m.)

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Sponsored in Part by:

 Johnson Controls     Waterstone Bank     Palermos  

INDIVIDUAL DONORS:     Beth Heikkila '79     Peggy Kelsey '86     Jeanne Bitkers '65     Lynn Sprangers     Omar and Abby Andrietsch     Erickajoy Daniels