Saint Mary's College will host its High Potentials Leadership Program for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors JULY 8-13, 2018.

For information, contact kkelly@saintmarys.edu or call 574-284-4601.

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HIGH  POTENTIALS  PARTICIPANTS  DEVELOP  ESSENTIAL  LEADERSHIP  SKILLS  including tips on how to command an audience and how to think and articulate thoughts on one’s feet. High Potentials participants will also meet and learn from accomplished women in business and government including female staffers in South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s office and female employees with the South Bend startups enFocus, Green Bridge Growers, South Bend Code School, and F Cubed, among other young companies.

With  the  guidance  of  faculty  and  guest  presenters 
High  Potentials  participants  will  be  better  able  to:

  • Assume leadership roles at school and in one’s community.
  • Develop critical-thinking skills specially designed for women in the workplace.
  • Discuss core concepts of emotional intelligence and self-expression and identify strategies for personal improvement.
  • Choose and understand leadership styles and receive individualized instruction on how to further develop one’s own leadership style.
  • Learn principles for effective community engagement and organizing others.
  • Prepare for leadership roles in college and beyond.

High Potentials will advance participants’ leadership capacity by connecting them with the tools to assume leadership responsibilities. Through field trips, meetings with accomplished women, and personal mentorship, students will improve their leadership abilities and build on their individual strengths. 

Activities include:

  • Team building ropes course
  • Mindfulness yoga
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • City quest scavenger hunt

Testimonials from past participants:

“My High Potentials week was engaging, empowering, and changed the way I think about leadership and how I seek to lead others.”

“I came away from the High Potentials program inspired to become a more effective leader. I would highly recommend the program to any high school student looking to understand what drives and motivates great leaders.” 

Academic Requirements: 

Completion of freshman year of high school (9th grade) prior to start of program.

General Information:

The cost of the program includes tuition, housing, meals, field trips, admission fees, T-shirt, and required materials.


Sunday, July 8  to  Friday, July 13, 2018
High Potentials Leadership Program is a residential camp with participants living on campus for five days.




Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana

Who is right for the High Potentials program:

Female, rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are ready to take on greater responsibility and want to grow as leaders.

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Terri Russ

TERRI RUSS is an associate professor of communication studies and also teaches courses in gender and women studies at Saint Mary’s. She has a bachelor’s and PhD from Purdue University and a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University. Prof. Russ’ scholarship focuses on the lived experiences of women and girls, with a current focus on collecting the oral histories of women leaders. In 2014 she founded the Michiana Women Leaders Project to collect and document women’s contributions to development of South Bend and surrounding areas. Prof. Russ is the author of Bitchin’ Bodies: Young Women Talk about Body Dissatisfaction and has authored chapters in Race/Gender/Media3.0, Gendered Approaches to Applied Communication and Electronic Tribes: The Virtual World of Geeks, Gamers, Shamans, and Scammers.


Saint Mary's College

SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE in Notre Dame, Indiana educates women in mind and spirit. A four-year, residential, Catholic college, Saint Mary’s develops professional skills and fosters critical thinking across more than 30 undergraduate areas of study in the humanities, business, and the sciences. The College’s intimate and supportive campus community offers leadership opportunities and partnerships with professors who serve as mentors and research collaborators. More than two dozen locations abroad provide global learning options that open students’ minds to the world. Civic engagement in South Bend, Indiana, through community service and affiliations with local businesses, add a real-world component to a Saint Mary’s education. True to the mission of the founding Sisters of the Holy Cross, Saint Mary’s remains rooted in the Catholic tradition, nurturing spiritual as well as mental development to educate women to serve the greater good. Close connections with the University of Notre Dame further expand the opportunities available to our students and contribute to a vibrant campus atmosphere. Saint Mary’s offers the best of both worlds: a small college experience with world-class resources that prepares women to be leaders who serve the greater good.