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Bonnie Milecki named new Director of the National Center for Girls' Leadership at Stuart

To following is an announcement from Head of School Dr. Fagin on the appointment of Bonnie Milecki as the Director of the National Center for Girls' Leadership at Stuart. 

I am thrilled to announce that Mrs. Bonnie Milecki has been selected as the new Director of the National Center for Girls' Leadership at Stuart (NCGLS) starting July 1, 2020. 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.

Mrs. Milecki's career is marked by years of innovative and effective leadership work with students, faculty and administration. She has a Masters of Educational Management, Leadership and Policy from Seton Hall University and has completed the Aspiring Leaders Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Mrs. Milecki taught English and film for 15 years at Notre Dame High School and this past year in the Montgomery Township School District, where she implemented diversity, equity and inclusion into the Middle School character development curriculum for the first time in the district's history. In recent years, she worked under the title of "Creative" for Apple Inc. and led consumer training in Apple technology integration. While at Notre Dame, Mrs. Milecki took advantage of opportunities to innovate curriculum and connect students to authentic learning experiences and creative programming through her roles as Peer Leadership Moderator, Social Emotional Learning Team member, Senior Project Moderator and as Director of the Experior Program. She also brings years of experience working as an accreditation evaluator and a Board committee member in advancement and marketing at both St. Ann School and Notre Dame.

Mrs. Milecki is looking forward to building on the strong foundation of the National Center for Girls' Leadership and the international reputation of the #LEADLIKEAGIRL conference. She shared, "I can think of no more important mission than developing the connections and opportunities young women need to prepare them to lead the future. I believe the most important values of 21st century leadership are personal agency and accountability, the ability to connect and collaborate, the courage to take risks, and a desire to serve others. The NCGLS has designed programming to develop these values in young girls starting in the pre-k grades through their senior year. The girls aren't taught these values through lectures and instruction - they learn them on their own through an experiential learning program designed to instill these values in an authentic way."

About the National Center for Girls' Leadership at Stuart

Under the National Center for Girls’ Leadership umbrella, Stuart offers our annual #LEADLIKEAGIRL Conference as well as an annual Women in Leadership speaker series. We also offer comprehensive leadership programming from grades K through 12. The curriculum builds key leadership skills and offers developmentally appropriate leadership opportunities throughout each girl’s year at Stuart. Progress is documented through a portfolio process that is a part of each girl’s transcript. In Upper School students may earn a Leadership Endorsement (minor) by taking dedicated leadership courses that include: Leadership Theory and Ethics, Leadership and Personal Development and Applied Leadership and by participating in a leadership practicum/independent study junior year and by writing a final thesis presentation senior year.


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