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Millennial Leaders Program

Today, leadership is a global enterprise—and its face is changing. From New York to Paris to Hong Kong, women hold top positions in corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations in unprecedented numbers. What does each of these leaders have in common? They understand how to seize professional opportunities, raise their visibility, and influence in complex environments.

The Millennial Leaders Program is designed to help young women who are early in their careers develop the skills necessary to propel them into leadership positions in a range of professional, political, and social domains. The four-day program brings an international network of early career professionals together with expert faculty to explore leadership theory and practice through multiple prisms. Participants benefit from the knowledge of veteran leaders as well as the perspectives, insights, and experiences of a global network of peers.

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Early-career professionals invested in:

  • Uncovering unique opportunities and challenges associated with women’s leadership
  • Developing a strong understanding of individual and structural leadership
  • Overcoming personal and systemic barriers to leadership
  • Connecting with dynamic women leaders and expert facilitators


Expert Facilitators

Expert facilitators will craft an inclusive, brave space to allow for vulnerability and growth through hands-on, highly experiential sessions on women’s leadership development in the 21st century. With an intentional shift of the status quo, this program will equip young women early in their careers with the skills and knowledge to define and utilize their own authentic leadership style.


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Consultant, speaker, facilitator, and scholar-practitioner Dr. Sumun Pendakur, EdD is the Chief Learning Officer and Director of the USC Equity Institutes at the USC Race and Equity Center.

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Executive coach and leadership consultant Sara Thompson, PhD facilitates group development and individual coaching to new professionals, management, and executives.

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Residential Experience

Participants will enjoy the comforts of home while staying in Scripps College’s newest residence hall, designed in harmony with the distinctive Mediterranean style of Scripps’ existing architecture. The hall features shared living spaces, courtyards, and access to the College’s beautiful grounds. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Scripps’ 32-acre campus is widely recognized as one of America’s most beautiful college campuses in addition to being ranked among the most academically prestigious colleges in the country. The program provides all meals, specially prepared by a professional staff, and participants have access to the College’s Sallie Tiernan Field House, a state-of-the-art health and fitness facility that includes cardio equipment, a weight room, and a 25-meter pool.

Networking opportunities will be available and are encouraged throughout the program. Take advantage of the time to connect with other dynamic women leaders who are on a path to become leaders in their fields, and learn from expert facilitators who will guide your leadership development.

All program materials will be provided to participants upon arrival and check-in.

Program Details

June 19-22, 2019

Scripps College

Key Takeaways
  • Understand unique opportunities and challenges in women’s leadership
  • Connect with other participants
  • Feel safe to be vulnerable
  • Explore intersections of social and leader identity
  • Gain resources/tools for leadership development
  • Understand structures of power
  • Gain tools to navigate/change inequitable systems or structures

 Program Schedule

Day 1

Identity, Narrative, and the Construction of a "Leader"
  • Getting to know you
  • Networking
  • Introduce growth mindset
  • Intention setting
  • Implicit leadership theory
  • Identity exploration
*Program topics subject to change
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Day 2

Shattering Limitations
  • Navigating the Leadership labyrinth
  • DiSC discussion
  • Deconstructing the leadership labyrinth
  • Writing your self-narrative

Day 3

Values-Based Leadership
  • Values as your compass
  • Owning your professional development
  • Leaning out: disrupting the status quo
  • Navigating a toxic work environment

Day 4

  • Growth mindset
  • Closing thoughts and takeaways
  • Program evaluation

Presenting Sponsor

The Women Initiative Foundation (WIF), established to promote the advancement of women in the workplace and the economy, helped initiate this program and is an original sponsor. The WIF invites corporations and employers to join in supporting an international network of young women who are poised to become leaders in their fields by directly sponsoring their participation. For more information: Contact the Women Initiative Foundation

Corporate Sponsor

Roxanne M. Wilson, Counsel, Mayer Brown LLP
Scripps College alumna and Trustee Roxanne M. Wilson is counsel in Mayer Brown’s Los Angeles office and a member of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice.

About the Laspa Center for Leadership at Scripps College

A top-ranked women’s liberal arts college founded in 1926 in Claremont, California, Scripps College offers a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, a robust intellectual community, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and a rich residential experience designed to shape the next generation of leaders. In 2015, the Laspa Center for Leadership was established at Scripps to assist young women in developing the necessary attributes, knowledge, and skills to lead in the 21st century. The center is closing the gender leadership gap with programming, partnerships, and engagement designed to empower emerging women leaders and to expand women's global influence, power, and impact.
For more information: Contact the Laspa Center for Leadership
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