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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 led by former student participants will be held in 700 Swift Hall late September and early October.

2015 LeaderShape Institute group photo

January 2015 LeaderShape Institute Participants

Participant Registration Information


Applications open September 28, 2015

The cost to participate is $350, which covers food, transportation, lodging and supplies.  Payment is not required with your online registration.  You will be billed after registering. 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.  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.

When registering, you will be taken to the LeaderShape Institute 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 deadline to apply is October 28.  Applicants will be notified on or near November 4 regarding selection into the program. Spaces are limited, so no applications will be reviewed after the deadline. 

Payment information is included in the notification. Full payment will be due on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. There are three ways to pay the $350 registration fee:

  1. Submit a check to the University Honors Program for the full amount.  Our office is located in 700 Swift Hall.  Checks are payable to the University of Cincinnati.
  2. Have a university office and/or student organization sponsor your registration fee.  Should you choose to have a university office and/or student organization sponsor you, it is your responsibility to facilitate communication and transferring payment/paperwork between University Honors and your sponsor.
  3. Use UHA funds.  If you participated in the University Honors Association concession stands during athletic events, you can use the money in your UHA account.  Contact the UHA treasurer and me, and let us know that you would like to apply your UHA money to the cost for the LeaderShape Institute.  If you do not have sufficient funds to cover the entire cost, you will have to pay the remaining balance and work with UHA to be reimbursed.
When students have been selected, 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."

Students working together

Students develop a vision "with a health disregard for the impossible" in building their own leadership style.