May 2022
Leadership, Empowerment, Action, Development, Service. – LEADS is a 4-year, co-curricular, transformational program for undergraduate women who demonstrate a desire to grow as leaders. The goal of the program is to develop outstanding leaders driven to become agents of change for the good of all.
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L.E.A.D.S. Empowering Women to lead with their BEST ©

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:

  • Develop a skillset so when they leave this academic institution, they will enter the world of work as a leader, in their own right;
  • Demonstrate a strong sense of character, embodying courage, confidence, and resolve;
  • Interwoven with grace and generosity for self, others, and the community;
  • Become grounded solidly in their core values, positively impacting this world


Frequently Asked Questions


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Application Process


  • L.E.A.D.S. applications are accepted November 1st through April 1st.
  • Students interested in the L.E.A.D.S. program must complete application, essay questions, and submit two letters of recommendation
  • After application is received, students will receive a request for online interview with L.E.A.D.S. director and advisory team members.
  • Final selection of L.E.A.D.S. candidates is based on essay question, letters of recommendation, interview, and commitment of 20-30 hours of engagement during the full academic year.
  • Students will be informed of their acceptance 2 weeks after interview and all information is submitted and reviewed.
  • Early Decision Deadline Date (priority deadline) for Application: February 1st.   Regular Decision Deadline Date for Application: April 1, 2022.


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LEADing the Way

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:

  • Year One: Leading with Benevolence (BenU Hallmarks: community responsiveness- Community and Stewardship)
  • Year Two: Leading with vital Engagement (BenU Hallmarks: positive engagement- Humility and Hospitality)
  • Year Three: Leading with a Soul-purpose (BenU Hallmarks- spiritual depth- Love of God and Neighbor, Prayer, and Conversatio)
  • Year Four: Leading with Truth (BenU Hallmarks ethical sensitivity- Obedience, Discipline, Stability)

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Developing outstanding leaders driven to become agents of change for the good of all.

Social Responsibility
Personal Responsibility
Receiving and Providing Productive Feedback
Successful Negotiating
Advocating for a Point of View
Authentic Listening
Change Creation
Leadership Confidence
Taking Initiative
Experiential Self-Development