THE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE FOR YOUNG WOMEN
The Leadership Development Institute for Young Women equips the leaders of the future by researching and bringing evidence-based, applied-neuroscience leadership coaching and development—normally reserved for executives in the C-suite—to reach girls and young women, where it can have the most profound impact—in high school classrooms.
WHAT WE DO
The Leadership Development Institute for Young Women is committed to Advancing Young Women Leaders through Integrating World-Class, Evidence-Based Leadership Development and Coaching into the High School Academic School Day.
We achieve this mission by collaborating with selected values-aligned, character-focused schools to support them with the development of their own best-practice leadership program that leverages evidence based approaches, is tailored to their school needs and culture and includes access to the Institute's best-practice, evidence based applied-neuroscience curriculum, programs and resources for young women's leader development.
THE LEADERSHIP COURSE: AN EVIDENCE-BASED, APPLIED NEUROSCIENCE LEADER DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM
LEADERSHIP COACHING CERTIFICATION FOR SELECT SCHOOL EDUCATORS & FACULTY
SCHOOL-WIDE FACULTY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Rigorous Evaluation of Program Outcomes are a Core Tenet of the Institute's Evidence-Based Leader Development Programs and Practices. Program outcomes are significant.
INCREASES IN LEADER IDENTITY AND CONFIDENCE MEASURES
STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN GROWTH MINDSET
INCREASES IN SCHOOL BELONGING AND HOPE FOR THE FUTURE MEASURES
Students Would Recommend the Course to Other Students
90% of The Leadership Course students said they would recommend the program to other girls.
Students Report They Have More Hope for Their Future
92% of students report that as a direct result of their Leadership Course , "I have more hope for my future.”
Students Report an Increase in Confidence
85% of students report that as a direct result of their experience in the Leadership Course, they grew more confidence.
Students Report Increase Connectedness with their Peers.
90% of students report that as a direct result of the Leadership Course, "I feel more connected to my peers."
Students Report they Are Better Able to Work with Others as a Team.
95% of students report that as a direct result of their Leadership Course, they are better able to work with others as a team.
Certified Coach Educators Elect to Continue Coaching the Program
100% of in-school faculty and teachers who become certified girls' leadership coaches elected to continue leading their school leadership curriculum because they found it so personally meaningful and impactful.
Data from December, 2021-22 National Leadership School, St. Ursula Academy, Toledo, Ohio
MEET OUR FOUNDER
Recognized as the #1 Coach for Young Women in the World by Leading Global Coaches, Top 8 Coaches by Thinkers50, Former Senior Management Consultant in Leadership Development for the Pentagon, CEO, Girls Lead Worldwide
Acknowledged as a trailblazer in the field of young women’s leadership coaching and development, Julie founded The Leadership Development Institute for Young Women with the support of her colleagues who are the world's foremost thought leaders in leadership development.
She is recognized by Thinkers50, the “Oscars” of leadership, as one of the Top 8 Coaches in the World. She was recently spotlighted on the Thinkers50 Radar List, one of the top 30 leadership thinkers globally "whose ideas, hard work and passion we believe can make a real difference in the world." Julie has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, and in Forbes and The New York Times. As seen in millions of homes, Julie served as a young women’s leadership coach for the Discovery Channel’s entrepreneurial show, Girl Starter, and MTV’s positive goal-setting show, MADE. She is the author of the national bestseller, Girls Lead, and the lead developer for The Leadership Course, world’s first evidence-based, applied-neuroscience leadership development and coaching curriculum for young women. She is also a contributing author to Insights on Coaching, The Success Principles for Teens and many other publications.
Julie served as a Senior Management Consultant in leadership development for the Pentagon where she developed and led cutting-edge leadership and coaching programs for senior executives—a job she left to bring the power of coaching to girls. Julie founded the Institute, with the support of her Girls Leadership Advisory Council, to bring leadership coaching to where it can have the most profound impact: high schools. By bringing world-class leadership coaching practices to equip and certify high school educators as leadership coaches for students in the classroom, Julie, with the support of the Institute, is helping to transform education—closing the gender confidence gap and resulting in dramatic increases in girls’ leader identity, resilience and even academic performance for underserved students. As an Advisory Board Member for The United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up program, Julie is also working to scale equitable, evidence-based leadership coaching and development for girls globally. As a speaker, Julie has addressed audiences of 10-70,000 and reached over a million youth, young women and girls, worldwide. Because of her groundbreaking leadership work and coaching for young women, she was recognized as the “Woman of the Decade for Girl Empowerment” by the Women Economic Forum.
WORLD-CLASS GIRLS' LEADERSHIP ADVISORY COUNCIL
An extraordinary team of leaders, PhDs, researchers, and thought-leaders have teamed together to help develop, support and advise the Institute's evidence-based curriculum, The Leadership Course, that equips girls with the leadership skills to succeed in the classroom, and most importantly in life. These foremost thought leaders and members of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 help to make this world-class leadership development program for high school girls possible.
DR. CAROL KAUFFMAN
Founder, Institute of Coaching at Harvard
Professor, Harvard Medical School
#1 Executive Coach in the World
PROFESSOR SANYIN SIANG
Founding Executive Director, Duke Fuqua Center On Ethics and Leadership,
Professor, Duke University
Thinkers50 Global Mentoring & Coaching Award
DR. MARSHALL GOLDSMITH
#1 Leadership Thinker in the World
Bestselling Author and Editor of 35 Leadership Books
Professor, Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business
DR. TOM KOLDITZ, BRIGADIER GENERAL (RET)
Founding Director, The Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University; Principal, Saxton Castle, LLC.; Author of Leadership Reckoning
DR. DIANE RYAN, COLONEL (RET.)
Former Deputy Head of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at The U.S. Military Military Academy at West Point
Associate Dean, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University
DR. BONITA THOMPSON
Top 5 Global Gurus in Education
Bestselling Author & Expert in Collaborative Leadership
Research Director for the World’s Success Survey at Wharton
PROFESSOR HARRY KRAEMER
Clinical Professor of Leadership at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management; 2008 Kellogg School Professor of the Year; Author, From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership
THE MARSHALL GOLDSMITH 100 COACHES
The Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches is a consortium of the world’s leading executive coaches and leadership thought leaders who dedicate their collective talents to effect meaningful and positive change. Thank you to Marshall Goldsmith and the members of the 100 Coaches for their generous support and thought leadership that helps make this paradigm-changing program for education possible.
FRANCES HESSELBEIN, IN MEMORIAM, 1915-2022
Presidential Medal of Freedom Winner
Founder, Global Academy for Student Leadership
Editor-in-Chief, Leader to Leader Journal
Former CEO of the Girl Scouts
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING
I would not allow my name to be associated with a program that did not reach a level of excellence that we would expect here at Harvard. The exercises in the program are strongly supported by the fields of positive and social psychology, with significant rigor. The leadership principles are drawn from the work I and others have done at Harvard Business School.
Dr. Carol Kauffman, Harvard Medical School
Founder, The Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School, Named #1 Executive Coach in the World
WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING
“The Leadership Course is not only helping me now, but it’s also going to help me more than any other class for college. I truly believe that leadership is changing the way I think and giving me the necessary mindset and skills to succeed in college and the real world.”
10/10. It is an amazing course. I wish every school had this.”
Before I started The Leadership Course, I didn’t see myself as a leader, not even close. Now, I not only see myself as a leader, I know that I am a leader and that my voice matters. During the leadership classes, I learn more about myself, what is important to me and that I can make a difference in the world. My confidence has grown so much!”
This has been the most impactful class I have ever taken. This class has taught me many things that I will be able to use long after high school and I'm incredibly grateful for that. In leadership this year I learned that anything is possible. With the help of your team you can truly accomplish anything. As long as you have courage and the right character, anything is possible.
"Thank you for helping me truly find myself. Throughout this course you have taught me to be myself and to step outside my comfort zone. You helped me become more optimistic about my future and be excited about not just the weeks and days but the years to come. Before, I had never really thought about what I wanted my future life to look like but now I know.”
Leadership has helped me with my "public speaking skills," I feel more confident than I did before. I am also motivated to work harder in school. When school work gets hard for me...leadership has taught me no matter what the challenge is you can get through it. It has really impacted my life in a positive way. I would not be the person I am today without our leadership course.
This class is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity that you cannot take for granted.
You are going to become the best you and leader that you can ever become.
Take this class! Take this class! Take this class! I have grown so many personal skills from this class, and I believe that I can become an even better leader now because of them.
Never have I imagined myself to be a leader, I have always thought of myself as a follower with strong opinions, no more that that. This class has successfully taught me that anyone can be a leader and that you don't always have to know what to do next to be a leader. I now know you can use collaboration, courage, character, contribution and competencies, these five C's will get you where you need to go.
Student names were changed to protect confidentiality.
"I think this class is a great opportunity that every girl in the world should have!"
-9th Grade Student, St. Ursula Academy, Toledo, OH
WHAT FACULTY ARE SAYING
“I loved watching the students grow in their confidence and self-awareness. They got to know their own strengths and gaps. They improved their teamwork and public speaking skills. They also focused on setting goals and shifting to a growth mindset in order to reach those goals. Through it all, they learned to use their voices to self-advocate. It was impactful for me to get to walk beside them every step of the way on their journey...
Honestly, I see education in a new way…After just nine weeks of leadership class, these students feel more motivated to learn and do their best. They are inspired to develop their strengths and apply them to have a positive impact on those around them…They want to set goals and reach them."
Julie A., Educator & Certified Leadership Coach
NATIONAL LEADERSHIP SCHOOL SELECTION
"The leader for today and the future will be focused on how to be - how to develop quality, character, mind-set, values, principles, and courage."
-Frances Hesselbein, Presidential Medal of Freedom Winner, Girls Leadership Advisory Council
NATIONAL LEADERSHIP SCHOOL SELECTION CRITERIA
The Leadership Development Institute for Young Women collaborates with values-aligned schools that can have far-reaching positive impacts for the students, faculty, families and the school community. The Leadership Development Institute for Girls only works with select schools who already meet rigorous standards in academics and have an intentional and sincere commitment to character-based leadership development.
Schools that meet the criteria are awarded a National Leadership School Designation and receive access to the our curriculum as well as our world-class team of experts, support and resources that further impact their student experience and school culture.
We have a detailed selection process and only work with high-integrity, high-impact schools. School selection criteria incorporates the Doerr Institute's "First Principles" Framework for Evidence-Based Student Leader Development.
RICE UNIVERSITY'S DOERR INSTITUTE FOR NEW LEADERS' FIRST PRINCIPLES FRAMEWORK FOR EFFECTIVE STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
The Institute's science-backed curriculum and program content leverages Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University's “First Principles” Evidence-Based Framework that Establishes That for Effective Student Leader Development:
Leader development should be considered a core function of the educational institution (an integrated part of the educational experience)
Leader development initiatives should use professional leader developers and trained or certified coaches
Leader development initiatives should use evidence-based approaches
Rigorous measurement of desired outcomes (not just participation numbers) should be an ongoing part of the program
Source: Brown, R.P. (2019) Holding Higher Education to Account: Measuring What Matters in the Development of Students as Leaders, The Journal of Character & Leadership Development; Summer, 2019; Doerr Institute for New Leaders, Rice University
Currently, there is a waitlist for participation this program. Please click on the link below to request a spot on the waitlist and an application.
NATIONAL LEADERSHIP SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT
St. Ursula Academy, Toledo, Ohio
After a national search, St. Ursula Academy was selected from a competitive list of girls' schools to serve as a National Leadership School, setting the gold standard for what evidence-based leader development in girls' secondary education can and should be. Because it met the rigorous program criteria for intentional leader development, it had also previously earned the designation as the first National Girls' Leadership School.
Mary Werner, '74
President, St. Ursula Academy
Winner of the YWCA Milestones Award in Education, 2022
"This distinction recognizes our commitment to intentional leadership development and rigorous scholarship standards for every young woman. We are so honored to have been selected."
“This programming is unlike anything else in the country. We are preparing our students to meet the needs of a changing world. It is incredibly inspiring for our girls and our community.”
Nichole Flores '89
Principal, St. Ursula Academy
REQUEST AN APPLICATION
There is a currently a waitlist for The Leadership Development Institute for Young Women programming and resources. The selection process is ongoing. Priority is given to schools who demonstrate exceptional and intentional commitment to leader development. If you would like more information, or would like to request an application for a school and reserve a spot on the waitlist, please complete the information below.