McDonough School of Business
McDonough School of Business

The L.E.A.D. Program

The L.E.A.D. (Launch, Emerge, Ascend, Discern) program at the McDonough School of Business is a comprehensive four-year leadership initiative.

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Apply for the Spring 2024 L.E.A.D program.

Application Deadline: February 2, 2024

What is the L.E.A.D program?

Designed for undergraduate students, the L.E.A.D. program begins with an immersive overnight retreat and extends into a series of monthly workshops. These workshops facilitate a deep exploration of leadership principles, tailored to individual experiences, interests, and career paths. The L.E.A.D. program encourages students to find their own north star with the guiding philosophy that a life steeped in meaning yields profound value to those who seek it. 

The L.E.A.D. program is designed for undergraduate business students as an opportunity to gather in communities away from the Hilltop in order to engage in thoughtful dialogue and explore their own journey toward self-actualization and the pursuit of purpose. During this program, students work through a series of reflective exercises, small group dialogue, and facilitated modules by subject matter experts. 

Each curated overnight experience is centered holistically around undergraduate students, honoring the idea that each person struggles inherently in their pursuit of self-actualization and a fully formed life. The experience provides a format to explore and discern a roadmap through one’s own struggles to their stars. 

Benefits of the L.E.A.D. program

The L.E.A.D. program experiences, which are designed with student outcomes at the center, will empower and prepare students to take on greater responsibilities in their leadership roles. Through a process of exploration, reflection, and discernment, students who attend L.E.A.D. programs will:

L.E.A.D. Throughout The Undergraduate Experience

LAUNCH

Launch is the first year of the L.E.A.D. program, which is intended for first-year students in college and focuses on self-awareness and team building with the intention of Building a Strong Personal Foundation for Leadership. The fundamental question covered during Launch is “Who am I, and what am I interested in doing?”

Students who participate in Launch will have enhanced skills around:

EMERGE

Emerge is the second year of the L.E.A.D. program, which is intended for second-year students in college and focuses on leading others and adapting to change. The fundamental question covered during Emerge is “What are my strengths and what role do I want to play?

Students who participate in Emerge will have enhanced skills around: 

ASCEND

Launch is the third year of the L.E.A.D. program, which is intended for third-year students in college and focuses on leading through complex environments. The fundamental question covered during Ascend is “How can I be a more effective leader and what change or impact do I want to lead?

Students who participate in Ascend will have enhanced skills around: 

DISCERN

Launch is the fourth year of the L.E.A.D. program, which is intended for fourth-year students in college and focuses on transformational leadership and legacy. The fundamental question covered during Discern is “What is my legacy on the Hilltop and how am I preparing myself to lead beyond Georgetown?

Students who participate in Discern will have enhanced skills around: 

Spring 2024 Launch Program Dates

Saturday, February 24 to Sunday, February 25, 2024
Meadowkirk at Delta Farm | Middleburg, Virginia

Application Deadline: February 2, 2024

Apply to L.E.A.D