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Women leading business

LeadHERship Spears is a purposeful yearlong leadership program for the women in Spears School of Business. Designed to complement the foundational and technical skills students learn in class, LeadHERship Spears aims to provide additional professional savvy to the women. Those who participate in the program will get leadership competencies, hands-on business experiences, gain comprehensive mentorship and personal development, and make relationships with a cohort of aspiring future female leaders.

What you'll learn

Example topics covered:

  • Authentic Leadership
  • Personal Pitch
  • Negotiating
  • Professional Networking
  • Career-mapping

What we are looking for

All Spears majors welcome

We encourage applicants to be but are not limited to:

  • Non-traditional

  • First-generation students

  • Transfer students

Key Dates:

Applications are open Feb. 1-April 1
Program dates: September 2023-April 2024

Selection criteria

LeadHERship Spears is purposeful on selecting future applicants that will create a cohort of individuals who represent diverse backgrounds and experiences.


To be considered for the LeadHERship Spears program you must:

  1. Sophomore and Junior standing by 2023

  2. Complete the online application

  3. Submit a résumé

  4. Two personal references

  5. Commitment to participate fully in the LeadHERship Spears program; provided that fellows can commit to monthly meetings.

LeadHERship Spears Fellows show…

Potential: Shows professional and personal capacity to grow into their individual leadership potential

Self-awareness: Is mature and has the capacity to reflect on one’s own personal strengths and weaknesses

Curiosity: Is interested to learn and expand their own knowledge outside the classroom

Impact: Articulates and demonstrates interest in making a difference for women in their own community

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