Contact Us
Vanessa Christman
LEAP Cohort Director
(610) 526-6594

Ellie Esmond
Director of Service and Activism
(610) 526-6591

Jessica Hollinger Vinson
Coordinator of Career and Professional Preparation
(610) 526-5284

Leadership Empowerment &

Advancement Program (LEAP)



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.

WHEN: Students participate in 45 hours of workshops as a cohort over two semesters. Unless otherwise noted, meetings take place Thursday evenings from 6-8:30 PM.

HOW: LEAP uses a variety of learning techniques such as games, role  plays, lecturettes, group discussion, self-reflection, and service projects. Topics include:

  • Finding Resources for Student Organizations and Budgeting
  • Understanding Your Leadership Style
  • Understanding How Groups Work
  • Building an Effective Team
  • Managing Conflict
  • Strategic Planning for Student Organizations
  • Managing Meetings
  • Project Management
  • Bringing Leadership into Your Resume and Interviewing

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.