What is the Intensive Leadership Development Program?
LEAP’s Intensive Leadership Development Program offers students the opportunity to develop skills that will help them become more effective group leaders, group members, organizational members, and on a long-term basis, better employees. Students participate in an intensive, experiential learning process that will help them develop more advanced leadership skills.
Students participate in 45 hours of workshops as a cohort over two semesters. Unless otherwise noted, meetings take place Thursday evenings from 6-8:30PM
LEAP uses a variety of learning techniques such as games, role plays, lecturettes, group discussion, self-reflection, and service projects. Topics include:
Community Service Requirement: Students are required to complete a community service project that requires at least 8 hours of volunteer time. The project may be within the LEAP program or through another experience on the campus or in the community. Projects will be approved by the LEAP facilitators.
Leadership Certificate: Students will be awarded a leadership certificate upon their successful completion of this program.
The series will be co-facilitated this year by Vanessa Christman, Ellie Esmond and Jessica Hollinger Vinson. The LEAP student coordinator this year will be K.C. McConnell.
Assistant Dean and Director of Leadership and Community Development, Vanessa Christman served on the initial LEAP planning committee and has been a facilitator for the program for the past six years. She serves as a Dorm Leadership Team advisor and is one of the administrators of the Tri-College Summer Institute. Prior to coming to Bryn Mawr, Vanessa was an educator, actor and film consultant. In addition to her work at Bryn Mawr, Vanessa’s leadership responsibilities currently include the Alumni Board of Franklin and Marshall College. She previously served on the board of First Person Arts and the Haverford Township High School Parent Teacher Student Association.
Vanessa’s contact information is:
Ellie Esmond, Director of Service and Activism and Co-Director of the Civic Engagement Office, not only co-facilitates the program but also coordinates the LEAP Leadership in Action Externship Program. Ellie has helped shape and nurture LEAP since it was launched through a Surdna Foundation grant to the CEO to support a sustainable student leadership program on campus. Ellie is also one of the administrators of the Tri-College Summer Institute.
Ellie’s contact information is:
Jessica Hollinger Vinson Manager of Curriculum Design (LILAC) and Staff Education (Information Services), is new to the LEAP team but not to the Bryn Mawr community. Jessica is a graduate of the College and has worked here for four years. She has been on the administrative team for the Tri-College Summer Institute for two years and coordinates the Empowering Learners Partnerships branch of the Teaching and Learning Initiative each academic year..
Jessica’s contact information is:
K.C. McConnell '16, student coordinator for LEAP's 8th cohort, is a
Religion major at Bryn Mawr College. An alum of LEAP Cohort 7, she has
also been involved with the Pensby Center through the Tri-College Summer
Institute cohort of 2012. In addition to participating in LEAP, K.C. is
also the president of Bryn Mawr for MLAR and the co-president of Bryn
Mawr's Video Game Club, as well as a member of several other clubs on
campus. Outside of Bryn Mawr, K.C. spent her summer as an intern at the
Philadelphia Zoo and currently volunteers at a local animal shelter.
K.C.’s contact information is:
The series was developed by Dr. Margie DuBrow. Margie has 30-plus years of combined experience as a trainer, organizational consultant, and administrator in educational systems and social service organizations. She has worked with both county human service departments and small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations in strategic planning, outcomes-based evaluation, fundraising, and human resource development. Currently the Director of Bryn Mawr’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute, Margie holds a doctorate in organizational development.
Student Coordinators Sue Yee and Sarah
LEAP was featured in Bryn Mawr Now. Read the story here.
A letter from a past member of LEAP:
I just wanted to reach out again and say thank you so much for everything you've given me in LEAP this year. The support from our group really helped me throughout the year, and the benefits of LEAP have already paid off in a professional aspect as well! Today, I had an interview for a barista position at Barnes and Noble (I'm looking for some summer work) and after seeing LEAP on my resume, they decided that I might be a better fit for a higher paying leadership position (Lead supervisor) instead! Also, I've gotten an offer to work for Cornell's Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives as well, and I'm confident that LEAP played an important part in their decision. Needless to say, LEAP has given me a competitive advantage in the workplace that I'm very grateful for.