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By taking on leadership roles on campus, you will gain skills that your future employers will value, such as managing projects, resolving conflicts and leading groups. You’ll build confidence in your abilities, enhance communication skills, learn the importance of leading with integrity and collaborating with others. The Office of Student Leadership and Service is your one-stop-shop to foster your leadership skills, take workshops and get involved.

Emerging Leaders Seminar Series

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The series is a non-credit course consisting of seven sessions, which range from discussions of leadership topics to teambuilding activities. You’ll also get the opportunity to learn from alumnae who have put leadership in action.

LeaderShape® Institute at Meredith College

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The LeaderShape Institute at Meredith College is a six-day leadership program designed to improve society by inspiring, developing and supporting students to lead with integrity. The program content for the LeaderShape Institute reflects key leadership issues such as vision, partnerships, integrity and results.

L.E.A.D. MC 

The L.E.A.D. MC Program (Learn. Empower. Advance. Discover.) believes any student can be a leader. The program focuses on developing leadership skills, including critical thinking, teamwork, personal development, and communication. 

Based on the Social Change Model and the NACE Career Readiness Competencies, the program has five focus areas: 

  • Leadership concepts 
  • Identity in contemporary society 
  • Social justice 
  • Social problems in perspective
  • Activism and community organizing 


Students have the opportunity to earn either the Silver or Gold Leaf level. The Silver Leaf requires students to attend workshops for each of the five focus areas, complete two activities for each focus area, and write a personal leadership manifesto. To earn the Gold Leaf, students must meet the Silver Leaf requirements plus two additional activities for each focus area, build on the leadership manifesto to develop a passion project, and meet with a mentor at least four times.

LEAD Conference

The annual LEAD conference brings together student leaders from campuses across the state of North Carolina to a one-day, drive-in conference. Specifically geared toward current and rising student leaders, this conference is sponsored by the North Carolina College Personnel Association (NCCPA). The LEAD Conference provides the opportunity for students to network, learn how other leadership teams and programs function, and to get ideas to bring back to campus.

Ethics Bowl

The North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) holds an annual Ethics Bowl competition to promote awareness and social responsibilities that leaders may face in society.  Teams from the independent colleges and universities in North Carolina gather to debate the moral dimensions of issues that impact people, the government, institutions, and the environment at the local, national, and global level.  Past issues have included ethics and technology business; biotechnology; environment; and government.  NCICU’s Ethics Bowl provides students an academic experience unique to North Carolina.  A team is comprised of four to six students from a variety of majors, disciplines, and perspectives that collaborate to derive a solution to critical ethical issues.  Students develop their oral communication, critical thinking, and research skills as they learn a variety of approaches to moral and ethical decision making, research the cases, and argue for a comprehensive and practical solution to the problem.  Meredith is an annual competitor in the NCICU competition.

Leadership Conferences

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Each year there are several opportunities to participate in on or off-campus leadership conference. Meredith students are able to participate as conference attendees, presenters, volunteers, and speakers. On-campus conferences include Meredith’s annual High School Women’s Leadership Conference and the Girl Scout Leadership Camp. Off-campus conference opportunities include the NC LEAD Conference hosted by ACPA and the Intersect Conference hosted by Elon University.  For more information about participating in a conference, contact the SLS Office.

Contact Information
Cheryl Jenkins
Director, Student Leadership and Service
202 Cate Center
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 760-8338
leadershipandservice@meredith.edu
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