Summer Leadership Academy Application Period Closed

The Summer Leadership Application period is now closed.  Applicants will be notified by May 1, 2020 about acceptance.

Summer Leadership Academy

The Summer Leadership Academy brings together 65 high school girls from across the U.S. to Mount Mary University for a residential college-prep, career exploration, and leadership program.

Due to the ongoing public health concerns, the 2020 program will be an online program and will take place June 22-24. 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.


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:

  • SLA Participant QuoteBuilding Your Personal Brand
  • Importance of Sisterhood
  • Confidence
  • Financial Aid 101
  • Finding the Right Fit in a College
  • Career Exploration
  • Racial Dynamics as a Leader
  • Finding Your Authentic Self
  • Networking with Young Professionals


Peer Mentor Program 

Young women who have successfully completed past Summer Leadership Academies 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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Summer Leadership Academy 2019

Nursing Elective

Summer Leadership Academy 2019

Graphic Design Elective

Summer Leadership Academy 2019

SLA Welcome Session

Summer Leadership Academy 2019


Summer Leadership Academy 2019

2019 Peer Mentors

View more photos from the 2019 Summer Leadership Academy here.

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.


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