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National Center for Girls' Leadership at Stuart

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, Bonnie Milecki

We are thrilled to announce that Mrs. Bonnie Milecki has been selected as the new Director of the National Center for Girls' Leadership at Stuart (NCGLS). Mrs. Milecki is uniquely prepared to support and empower our next generation of female leaders through the development of innovative leadership curriculum and professional programming integral to the mission of the NCGLS. Her expertise and enthusiasm for our work of educating girls for lives of exceptional leadership and service will truly advance and expand our Center's impact. The National Center for Girls' Leadership at Stuart and this position are made possible thanks in part to the Harris B. Siegel Fund for Student Leadership. The Fund was established by Patricia Costante and Stephanie Champi '12, and given to Stuart in gratitude for Mr. Siegel, a long-time director of college counseling. Click here to read more. 

Women in Leadership Speaker Series - New Format!

The National Center for Girls' Leadership is pleased to announce a new format to the Women In Leadership Speaker Series. This school year will bring three Women in Leadership panels to address topics related to STEM, Business, and Social Justice. Each panel will include professional women from within and outside the Stuart community and will be open to students in all three divisions. We hope these changes will create more community building and networking opportunities for our students and demonstrate that women are leading in all professional sectors! We are happy that the Women in Leadership Speaker Series will meet Goals 2 and 4 of the Sacred Heart Goals - and address all five of the NCGLS Leadership Standards: Values, Intellect, Agency, Collaboration, and Vision.

Upcoming Panel: Women on the Front Lines of the Crisis, October 5

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.

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.


Leadership courses include:

Past Women in Leadership Speakers

Tara Grabowsky '88

Chief Data Officer, Pharmaceutical and Medical Products Practice, with McKinsey & Co. 
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Shika Uberoi Bajpai ’00

Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships at
2018 WIL Speaker
Full bio >>

Priyanka Sinha ’00

Founder and CEO,
2017 WIL Speaker
Full bio >>

Barbara Byrne

Vice Chairman,
Investment Bank at Barclays
2016 WIL Speaker
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Dr. Michele Gillespie ’79

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


Leadership News

Speaker Referral Program

If you would like to be considered as a speaker with the NCGLS, or know of someone else, please let us know!

Click here to fill out the form


Leadership Resources

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
Recruitment Manager at Teach For America

Mung Chiang 
John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering, Roscoe H. George Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University

Ivonne Diaz Claisse
President and CEO, HISPA

Lori Hennon-Bell
Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Prudential Financial

Dr. Trisha Medeiros
President, Ursuline Academy

Courtney Portlock

Shannon Rangecroft

Priyanka Sinha ’00 
CEO and Founder, Xitiway

Joanna Vargas ’88
Founder, Joanna Vargas Skincare and Salon


Bonnie Milecki, Director

Faculty in Residence

Jan Baldwin
Middle School Dean of Students, Chair of Upper School Fine Arts

Jason Bink
STEM Endorsement Co-Chair, Biology Teacher

Joe Hurford
Upper School Dean of Students, Math Teacher

Christina Kosyla
Lower School Theology and Drama Teacher

Samantha Ryan
Leadership Endorsement Chair, 
Middle and Upper Schools Health Teacher

Alicia Testa
STEM/SIFE Coordinator, STEM Endorsement Co-Chair,
Technology Innovation Specialist