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May 2020

Apply for the 2020 Institute today by clicking here!

Priority deadline to apply is January 31. Students who apply by this date will be given special consideration for attending the Institute, and, if selected, will be notified by mid-February so they can plan their summer schedule accordingly. The general deadline to apply is March 6. Students who apply between February 1 and March 6 will be informed whether or not they are placed in the Institute by the end of March. 

The LeaderShape® Institute is an immersive, interactive experience that creates a community and challenges participants to lead with integrity while working towards a vision grounded in their deepest values. The Institute weaves together concepts of community, inclusive leadership, vision, and integrity to help participants explore not only what they want to do, but who they want to be. It is an exciting, exhausting, and enriching experience. When you participate in LeaderShape®, you'll gain:

  • Transformational leadership skills – their capacity to build authentic relationships, inspire peers, adhere to broad ethical standards, and create sustainable change
  • Confidence in your ability to identify your strengths and weaknesses
  • More clearly defined long term and short term goals
  • Confidence in your ability to create a vision or ideal future for your community or organization
  • Connections with other SIUE student leaders
  • Opportunities to engage with SIUE faculty and staff personally
  • And so much more!

Consider joining over 45,000 graduates since 1986 of this amazing leadership program! Discover what it's really like! Visit the  National LeaderShape® website.

The Mission of LeaderShape, Inc. 

To transform the world by increasing the number of people who lead with integrity™ and a healthy disregard for the impossible.

The Vision of LeaderShape, Inc.

A just, caring, and thriving world where all lead with integrity™ and a healthy disregard for the impossible.


SIUE students can experience the Institute for free! Transportation from campus, meals, activity materials, and sleeping accommodations will all be included. Thanks to funds from the Office of Student Affairs and SWANK Motion Pictures, and Bank of Edwardsville/Busey Bank , we are able to provide this opportunity for up to 60 students for free. 

Session dates

May 11-May 14, 2020

Who is the LeaderShape Institute for?

The curriculum was created for individuals who are committed to taking their leadership to the next level and who want to make a significant impact on campus, in their communities, and in the world.  Any SIUE undergraduate or graduate/professional student is welcome to apply!  The program is limited to 60 students.

How will we spend our time during the LeaderShape Institute?

Everything in the curriculum is anchored to four themes: community, inclusivity, integrity, and vision. Therefore the work that we do during the four days is tied, in some way, to these concepts. We participate in large group activities, in small group exercises, in conversation with one another, and in personal reflection. We set out to discover our most deeply held values and greatest passions and how they can come together to give our lives and work purpose. We learn how developing a vision and plan of action can create lasting change. We reflect on how our personal styles and life experiences influence our leadership and our relationships. Those who graduate from the Institute™ leave as an agent of positive change in the world.

What should I expect once I am accepted to participate in the program?

Students who are accepted to participate in the LeaderShape Institute will be required to attend an orientation session. At this session, we will cover all the details of departure and return times, what to pack, rules, etc.  ALL students MUST attend an orientation or their placement will be forfeited. 

I have questions! 

To learn more about the LeaderShape Institute, contact Melinda Stitzel or stop by the Kimmel Student Involvement Center. 

Kimmel Contact Information
Morris University Center
Main Level
Campus Box 1168
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1168

Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

(618) 650‑2686

(618) 650‑3517
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