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National Center for Girls' Leadership at Stuart


We're excited to announce the expansion of the Stuart Center for Girls' Leadership. The National Center for Girls' Leadership at Stuart (NCGLS) works to support and empower the next generation of female leaders. Through research, professional programming, and development of innovative curriculum, Stuart serves as a resource to parents, students and educators throughout the world.

Meet our new director, Courtney Portlock

The Leadership Diploma Endorsement at Stuart

We know that leadership can be cultivated and developed through an exploration of leadership theory, the development of leadership skills and qualities and the application of this knowledge. We are excited to offer our students the opportunity to pursue leadership studies, and if they choose, they may earn an endorsement in leadership to be noted on their high school transcript. Students must apply to the program, take three leadership courses, complete a practicum/independent study junior year, and a final thesis presentation senior year.

Leadership courses include:

Leadership Theory and Ethics, Leadership Styles

Students explore the ideas and writing of some of the greatest thinkers in history, including: Aristotle, Kant, Rawls, Bok, and Goleman. Students will examine the values and principles of ethical character and decision-making.

Personal Leadership Development

Students examine different leadership styles of prominent leaders in our society. Leaders from different fields such as government and politics, arts and entertainment, service, science and technology are studied. Special attention is given to powerful female leaders including Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary Clinton, Virginia Woolf, Mother Teresa, Marie Curie, and Oprah Winfrey. Students learn to identify and develop their own leadership styles, strengths and areas of growth.

Applied Leadership

Students learn the practical skills of goal setting and project management. They also have the opportunity to lead and work in teams to develop programs and activities. The culmination of the course is the development and execution of a school program such as the mini-Student Diversity Leadership Conference or the Young Women in Leadership Workshop.

Women in Leadership Speaker Series

The Women in Leadership Speaker Series brings prominent women leaders to Stuart for keynote presentations and panel discussions. The series was initiated in 2006 with the mission of educating girls, and those who mentor and support them, to the qualities of “leadership for life.” Skills in personal excellence, individual leadership, self-confidence and personal vision are stressed through this program.

Recent Speakers

Priyanka Sinha ’00

Founder and CEO,
2017 WIL Speaker
Full bio >>

Barbara Byrne

Vice Chairman,
Investment Bank at Barclays
2016 WIL Speaker
Full bio >>

Dr. Michele Gillespie ’79

Dean of the College
at Wake Forest University
November 2015 WIL Speaker
Full bio >>

Leadership Resources

Expand this panel for leadership resources

Student Voice Defined - A clear definition of student voice

Edutopia - Keep up-to-date on the latest trends in education

Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics: Teach a Girl to Lead - Search for leadership programs near you

GirlsUp - Programming offered to girls ages 10–13

Gardner Carney Leadership Institute Blog - Where teachers share how they teach leadership

Girl's Leadership - Day and overnight leadership development programs for girls of all ages

NCGS article: "Student leadership development in secondary girls’ schools" - From the National Coalition of Girls Schools

Rutgers Institute for Women's Leadership - Advancing women's leadership for a just world

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board serves in the capacity of consultant to the National Center for Girls' Leadership at Stuart. The advisory board consists of outstanding leaders across a variety of disciplines who are deeply committed to the advancement of leadership development in young women. The president of Stuart's student government and a faculty liaison also serve on the Board.

Stephanie Champi ’12
Teach for America 2016 Corps Member

Joanna Vargas ’88
Founder of Joanna Vargas Skincare and Salon

Ivonne Diaz Claisse
President and CEO of HISPA

Lori Hennon-Bell
Chief Security Officer, Prudential Financial

Dr. Trisha Medeiros
President, Ursuline Academy

Katherine McLaughlin ’18
President of Student Government at Stuart

Faculty in Residence

Courtney Portlock
Head of Upper School,
Director, National Center for Girls Leadership

Christina Kosyla
Faculty in Residence, National Center for Girls Leadership

Samantha Ryan
Leadership Endorsement Chair

Alicia Testa
STEM/SIFE Coordinator,
STEM Endorsement Co-Chair

Jason Bink
STEM Endorsement Co-Chair

Sean Malloy
Upper School Dean of Students

Rebecca Fazzina
Interim Assistant Head of Upper School

Jan Baldwin
Middle School Dean of Students

The Harris B. Siegel Fund
for Student Leadership

The expansion of our leadership programs has been made possible by the Harris B. Siegel Fund for Student Leadership, established by Patricia Costante and Stephanie Champi ’12. Their generous gift was given to Stuart in gratitude for Mr. Siegel, a long time director of college counseling.

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