Summer Leadership Academy

The Summer Leadership Academy brings together high school girls from across the U.S. to campus for a residential college-prep, career exploration, and leadership program. Mount Mary excels at developing confident women, and reaching them at an even earlier age through the Academy will help ensure successful futures for these young women on whatever path they take.

A Summer Leadership Academy like no other

The Summer Leadership Academy will bring together up to 65 high school girls from across the U.S. to the Mount Mary University campus Sunday, June 23 through Wednesday, June 26, 2019 for a three-day residential college-prep, career exploration, and leadership program. This is an increase in our attendance from 45 young women in 2018. During the Academy, panels, lectures and interactive workshops will be presented by experts from a variety of backgrounds, including law, business, education, and non-profits. Mount Mary University prides itself on hosting an incredibly diverse group of young women from across the metropolitan area and across the country. 

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:

  • Leadership Development
  • Confidence Building
  • Public Speaking
  • Mindfulness
  • Vocational Exploration
  • Financial Aid 101
  • Choosing the Right College/College Readiness
  • Career Exploration
  • Teamwork
  • Networking with Young Professionals

What’s New? A Peer Mentor Program for the 2019 Summer Leadership Academy

Young women who have participated in the 2018 Summer Leadership Academy are eligible to apply to be Peer Mentors for the 2019 Summer Leadership Academy. These young women will put their leadership skills and experiences as Summer Leadership Academy participants into practice by assisting current academy participants. They will develop and maintain relationships with and provide support to participants, focusing on transition, acclimation and a sense of belonging. These Peer Mentors will participate in training and small and large group programs and activities. During the small group sessions, they will serve as facilitators alongside their Adult Mentor partners, leading discussion and conversation to help participants reflect on what they are learning.

How to apply

The application period for the Summer Leadership Academy has closed.  Those who have submitted an application will be contacted by May 1, 2019 regarding the status of their application.  If you have questions, please contact Alexandra Hoslet, Program Coordinator for the Women's Leadership Institute, at 

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Past Summer Leadership Academy Information

Summer Leadership Academy

It teaches you about different career opportunities. Even if you think you have your mind set, there are a (number) of opportunities to seize and take on. It’s just a great thing to make sure that people grow up with the right experience with college to get them on the right path to a good career and happy life.

Megan Herlache

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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.

Sponsored in Part by:

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Virginia Cornyn '62     Nancy Cheski '65     Omar and Abby Andrietsch