Summer Leadership Academy

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The Summer Leadership Academy brings together high school girls from across the U.S. to Mount Mary University for a 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. There is no residential component to the 2021 Academy and daily transportation to and from Mount Mary University will be the responsibility of participants. 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.

The application period for the 2021 Summer Leadership Academy is now closed. Applicants will be notified on or before April 1, 2021 of their application status. If you have any questions, please contact the Women's Leadership Institute at

2021 Participant Information

Participants in the 2021 Summer Leadership Academy can find more information about the upcoming Academy below: 

Registration Map

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