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 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:
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.
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.
2018 Women in Leadership Speaker: Shikha Uberoi Bajpai ’00
SHIKHA UBEROI BAJPAI ’00 is the Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships at Indi.com, a global, video platform generating engagement and sales for e-retailers and brands.
Shikha spoke to the Stuart community on Monday, November 19, 2018
SHIKHA UBEROI BAJPAI creates and produces feature film and digital/television formats with her company Impact Media 360 which endeavors to mainstream social change through programs with purpose. She mentors, advises, and serves as a trustee for many startups serving a range of sectors. Currently, she is mentoring entrepreneurs for Facebook She Leads Tech, NCode, and Round Glass Fund.
Prior to co-founding Indi.com and founding Impact Media 360, Inc. she was a professional tennis player reaching top 100 on the WTA Tour and winning India a silver medal at the Asian Games. She’s an Indian Icon ’15, one of India’s top 10 most glamorous athletes, and the top 10 fastest server in the world. She graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in South Asian Studies. She is honored to have won Princeton’s prestigious Kit Harris Memorial Award for Leadership and Ethics.
She considers herself an impact entrepreneur and is passionately engaged with women’s self-empowerment and leadership, social entrepreneurship, female empowerment through sport, e-commerce, and content creation. Shikha is the second eldest of Mahesh and Madhu Uberoi’s five highly accomplished daughters.
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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
John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering, Roscoe H. George Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ivonne Diaz Claisse
President and CEO, HISPA
Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Prudential Financial
Dr. Trisha Medeiros
President, Ursuline Academy
Priyanka Sinha ’00
CEO and Founder, Xitiway
Rebekah Ten Hagen ’19
President of Student Government at Stuart
Joanna Vargas ’88
Founder, Joanna Vargas Skincare and Salon
Head of Upper School
Director of Development, NCGLS
Faculty in Residence
Middle School Dean of Students, Chair of Upper School Fine Arts
STEM Endorsement Co-Chair, Biology Teacher
Assistant Head of Upper School
Upper School Dean of Students, Math Teacher
Lower School Theology and Drama Teacher
Upper School Math and Microeconomics Teacher
Leadership Endorsement Chair,
Middle and Upper Schools Health Teacher
STEM/SIFE Coordinator, STEM Endorsement Co-Chair,
Technology Innovation Specialist
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.