Mobile Navigation

National Center for Girls' Leadership at Stuart

Established in 2015, 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 EC-12 curriculum, Stuart serves as a resource to parents, students and educators throughout the world.

The Leadership Endorsement at Stuart

The National Center for Girls’ Leadership at Stuart Leadership Endorsement is a customized and personalized opportunity for each girl to leverage her unique passion and interests towards developing authentic leadership skills.  While each girl has the freedom to guide her own experiential learning program, she does so following an organized, and clear set of experiences scaffolded in a developmentally appropriate way.  During her four years as an Upper School Leadership Endorsement candidate, she will not only practice leadership skills and learn more about a content area of her choosing, but she will learn how to take a casual interest and conduct authentic, productive academic inquiry. 

Leadership Endorsement Concentrations

  • Leadership Endorsement in STEM

  • Leadership Endorsement in Arts & Humanities

  • Leadership Endorsement in Social Justice

  • Leadership Endorsement in Business and Entrepreneurship

Leadership Endorsement Requirements (Over 3-4 Years)

  • Selected courses already in curriculum will count (like a minor) - Plus 1 required Leadership course which will be offered every trimester and in the summer
  • Freshman Endorsement Orientation Events  - optional (Portfolio Log)
  • Sophomore Internship: A Labatut’s Learning Lab Experience (Portfolio Log)
  • Junior Venture: An Independent Project (Portfolio Reflection)
  • Senior Mentorship: A connection with a Sophomore and Junior Endorsement candidate
  • Service Requirement: Authentic connection and inclusion of service learning goal and the 5 Goals and Criteria (Portfolio Reflection)
  • Off-site visitation, interview (Portfolio Reflection)
  • Summer Beyond Stuart Experience (Portfolio Reflection)
  • Off-site conference related to leadership or content area (Portfolio Reflection)
  • Participation in a minimum of 3 #LLAG initiatives/events (Portfolio Reflection)

National Center for Girls' Leadership Signature Events

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. The 2020-2021 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.




#LEADLIKEAGIRL: A Conference for Risk-Takers and Changemakers is a one-day event on the campus of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart for girls in K-12, parents, educators and mentors. First held in 2017, #LEADLIKEAGIRL is designed to showcase and inspire girls’ confidence and creativity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), entrepreneurism, finance and leadership. 



The National Center for Girls' Leadership at Stuart is proud to partner with Girls Take Charge to present this Leadership Development Camp for rising 5th-6th grade girls and rising 7th - 9th grade girls. Girls will benefit from the research-based and award-winning Girls Take Charge camp experience that has been custom tailored to meet the National Center for Girls' Leadership at Stuart five leadership standards: Values, Intellect, Agency, Collaboration and Vision. This experience will emphasize the adolescent girls' development of self and voice through participation in fun and powerful activities that will uncover her strength, confidence, and ability to self-advocate.  


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.

Bonnie Milecki, M.A.H, M.A. 

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

Faculty in Residence

Jan Baldwin
Chair of Upper School Fine Arts

Jason Bink
STEM Endorsement Co-Chair, Biology Teacher

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

Alicia Testa
STEM Coordinator, STEM Endorsement Co-Chair