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LeaderShape Institute

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Are you ready to create a personal vision and learn to lead with integrity? Are you ready to disregard the impossible?

The LeaderShape Institute is a nationally renowned program. At  LeaderShape, you’ll spend six days creating a comprehensive and powerful vision for the future that defines a bold change for your community, group, cause, or organization. As you work through this vision, you’ll have an opportunity to engage in reflection, planning, one-on-one interactions, small group feedback, and large group learning. The LeaderShape Institute environment resembles a laboratory more than a formal classroom. You’re encouraged to practice new skills, give and receive feedback from peers and faculty, and risk new behaviors in a safe, supportive atmosphere. You’ll leave with a healthy disregard for the impossible and the ability to produce extraordinary results within your community!

The University Honors Program is pleased to present this amazing opportunity for up to 60 Honors students December 12-17, 2015 at Higher Ground Conference and Retreat Center in West Harrison, IN. This experience takes place the first week of UC's winter break.  Students who participate in the LeaderShape Institute will fulfill one honors experience.

Want to learn more? Information sessions will be held in 708 Swift Hall on:

  • Tuesday, September 29: 10:15-11:00 AM
  • Wednesday, September 30: 12:30-1:15 PM
  • Thursday, October 1: 5:15-6:00 PM
2015 LeaderShape Institute group photo

January 2015 LeaderShape Institute Participants

Participant Application Information


Applications are now closed

When applying, you will be taken to the LeaderShape website.  You will be asked to create a profile and login.  The application will also ask you to briefly answer the following essay questions:

  • Please list the organizations or activities which you are currently involved in, including highlights from your involvement in these groups.
  • How do you define leadership? How have you seen your definition in action?
  • Why are you interested in the LeaderShape Institute? What do you expect to gain from the experience?

The priority deadline to apply is October 28. Applicants will be notified on or near November 9 regarding selection into the program. Spaces are limited, so no applications will be reviewed after the deadline. 

The cost to participate is $350, which covers food, transportation, lodging and supplies.  Payment is not required with your online application. The actual full cost of the program is $750 per student, but University Honors is subsidizing the $400 difference to make it more affordable for our students.  

Payment information will be included for those selected to attend. The full payment of $350 will be due on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. Students who may not otherwise have the ability to participate due to financial constraints can contact Ashley Webber ( for a scholarship application before the application deadline.

Once selected to attend, a mandatory orientation session before the LeaderShape Institute will be offered prior to the experience to provide logistical information and additional details.  

For more information, contact Ashley Webber at 513.556.1065 or

Learning Community Discussion

Students participate in large-group learning community discussions led by facilitators from LeaderShape, Inc.

Family Cluster Photo

Students meet in family clusters led by a UC faculty or staff member. Cluster members develop strong relationships with each other during the experience.

Low Ropes Activity

Participants engage in low ropes activities to develop an understanding of working and influencing others.

Guest Leader Panel

Students engage in discussions with UC and community leaders on the rewards and challenges of "Leading with Integrity."