Applications open January 1, 2021 and close March 1, 2021

Summer Leadership Academy

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The Summer Leadership Academy typically brings together up to 65 high school girls from across the U.S. to Mount Mary University for a residential college-prep, career exploration, and leadership program. During the Academy, panels, lectures and interactive workshops are presented by experts from a variety of backgrounds, including nursing, business, education, and non-profits.

Mount Mary prides itself on hosting an incredibly diverse group of young women from across the metropolitan area and across the country. Mount Mary excels at developing confident women, and reaching them at an even earlier age through the Academy, which will help ensure successful futures for these young women, whatever path they take.

Due to the Coronavirus, the 2020 Academy was held as a successful online program. Because of the ongoing public health restrictions due to Coronavirus, the 2021 Summer Leadership Academy will be a 4-day hybrid program. The program will be held partially on campus and partially online, and will be available as a fully online experience. The 2021 Summer Leadership Academy will take place June 21-24. In order to keep the program personal in this hybrid format, we're limiting it to 35 participants this year. 

Upcoming Information Session

Interested in learning more about the Summer Leadership Academy? Join us for a Zoom information session! We had our first information session on January 13 and were thrilled with the great attendance. The same information will be presented at the February information session. You'll hear from the Women's Leadership Institute staff about the Summer Leadership Academy sessions, be able to ask questions about the 2021 Academy, and have the chance to speak with young women who have previously participated in the Summer Leadership Academy.

Summer Leadership Academy Information Session 2
February 10, 2021  |  3 – 3:30 p.m. Central Time

Meeting ID: 926 4072 0499
Passcode: 535234
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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 include:

  • Skills for College and Beyond
  • Importance of Sisterhood 
  • Confidence
  • Financial Aid 101
  • Finding the Right Fit in a College
  • Career Exploration
  • Racial Dynamics as a Leader
  • Exploring Programs of Study
  • Networking with Young Professionals
  • Leadership and Social Justice



 Watch the video of our 2020 Summer Leadership Academy to learn more!


Peer Mentor Program

Young women who have successfully participated in a past Summer Leadership Academy are eligible to apply to be Peer Mentors for the upcoming 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. Peer Mentors will have specialized training and participate in 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. There is no cost to be a part of the Peer Mentor Program.

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Sponsored in Part By

The program is sponsored each year by companies, organizations, and individuals interested in developing strong leaders. Thank you to these sponsors for seeing the potential in this programs and for investing in the lives of these women.


SSND   Virginia Cornyn '62     Nancy Cheski '65     

Omar & Abby Andrietsch