Leadership. Empowerment. Action. Development. Service.
L.E.A.D.S. is a four-year program that offers a transformative experience for undergraduate women who demonstrate a desire to grow as leaders. The Benedictine hallmarks serve as the foundation of the program, while leadership principles guide the program’s content. The goal of L.E.A.D.S. is to develop outstanding leaders driven to become agents of change for the good of all.
L.E.A.D.S. is based on the principles of Benevolent Leadership, an emerging model of leadership informed by insight related to ethics/morality, spirituality, vitality/positivity, and community, all qualities of leadership contributing to the common good.
Students who are accepted in to the L.E.A.D.S. program will:
Through a variety of programming and events, L.E.A.D.S. participants will gain a clearer understanding of their own leadership style and learn how to use those strengths to grow as authentic leaders. L.E.A.D.S. will expose you to women across the University and across the country who will mentor, monitor and inspire you to reach your potential.
Whether your professional goals put you in an operating room, classroom or boardroom, L.E.A.D.S. is designed to help you prepare for life after college and lead with integrity no matter the setting or situation.
Each year the L.E.A.D.S. development program will focus on a different dimension of Benevolent Leadership inspiring each woman to lead with her BEST and infuses the Benedictine Hallmarks into the curriculum:
Receiving and Providing Productive Feedback
Advocating for a Point of View
Want to support our L.E.A.D.S. students as a mentor? Join our BenU Network and join the L.E.A.D.S. group. Our students look forward to building relationships with alumni today for their success tomorrow!
Gifts to support the L.E.A.D.S. program can be made using the button below. (Please select “Specific Designation” and scroll to “Campus Initiatives” where you can select the “LEADS Fund”.)
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As a four-year program, L.E.A.D.S. is open to prospective first-year undergraduate women.
In order to apply, students must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA. Application process opens January 1, 2023.
Application and essay must be received no later than March 15th. If you have questions about your application or the L.E.A.D.S. program, contact [email protected] or 630-829-6008.
As a four-year program, L.E.A.D.S. is open to prospective first-year undergraduate women. However, there are other opportunities available for students that may not qualify for the program but want to be involved. For more information, reach out to the director, Nicki Anderson for more information [email protected]
Approximately 20-30 hours annually.
The program includes:
All students accepted in to the L.E.A.D.S. program will have a scholarship opportunity available based on meeting their *participation requirement.
*Points are earned based on participation. All L.E.A.D.S. students must meet the minimum point requirement in order to earn their scholarship. For more information, contact [email protected].
Students are not required to live on campus, though it is encouraged.
Through discussions, assessment, skill development and acquisition, speakers, peer and personal reflections and service opportunities, every year the program incorporates the dimensions of:
Some of the program topic areas over the four years will include:
Program culminates with each woman creating a Leadership Vision Portfolio (LVP) reflecting her own leadership evolvement over the four years.
2.0 is acceptable for consideration into the L.E.A.D.S. program.
We invite you to be a part of a special community of like-minded women who want to grow as individuals, hone their leadership skills and have an impact on the world.