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Living Leadership
This yearly lecture series draws from concepts from the Mount's academic coursework to show students how leadership is really lived. Student led group discussions will present challenging follow-up questions for the lectures - don't worry if you're not sure how to do this, you'll have ILS and your faculty to back you up.

Leading through Film
What better way to lead than with watching movies and eating free popcorn! The Leading through Film series presents both classic and current films on screen in the Phillips Library. Student leaders will analyze and reinforce leadership qualities through characterizations found in the films. Student-led small group discussions occur before and/or after film showing. Sign up for the Emerging Leaders Program to get your exclusive invitation.

ILS-Emmitsburg Community Connection
If you love helping others and want to gain leadership experience while you do it, then this opportunity is for you. Students will build awareness of and respond to the needs in the local community through servant-leadership opportunities. A student-leader will be assigned to facilitate each event and have the chance to lead service efforts and foster good relationships between the Mount and the Emmitsburg Community.

What’s the Leadership Buzz?
Be a part of the leadership buzz with this monthly on-site activity that is kind of like a game show. You and a group of your peers will have two minutes to answer general, current events and philosophical questions before time runs out. Secret ILS Tip: you'll probably discover more about the leadership traits you already have and be able to apply that information to job interviews, applications or graduate school.

“Innovative Incubator” Panels
Join a panel of students and professionals to identify and problem-solve global, national and local issues through discussion and activities geared toward creating awareness and action.

Academic Credit for Academic Clubs & Organizations
Already a leader in your club or organization? Why not get academic credit for it? If you're leading an academic club on campus, we want to recognize you and help you get credit for it. How does that work? We've designed a program where moderators of academic organizations and the ILS Director partner to determine how you can use your leadership skills to earn credits through a credit-based internship at the Mount.

Toastmasters International (coming soon)
Gain communications and leadership skills through practice and feedback with this leadership development club.

Mount Debate Team (coming soon)
Get your thinking cap on and get ready to quarrel - in a constructive way, of course. Students learn about writing and argument construction on current topics and important concepts by researching and supporting their stance against others with the opposing viewpoint.

Classic Programs with New Improvements

Emerging Leaders
This 7-week, free, non-credit survey in which students meet for leadership training. Emerging Leaders are the work force of ILS. In the past, ELs primarily assisted in providing technical portfolio training for the student body. Starting this year, they will be engaged as leaders of this and other initiatives.

Leadership Portfolio
The Leadership Portfolio is a voluntary, elective, active, self-reflective process, product and presentation that annotates a student’s 4-year leadership trajectory. Through dialogue, this transitional year will be a “fact-finding mission” to ascertain how the faculty would like ILS to redefine the portfolio in light of specific department needs.


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16300 Old Emmitsburg Road | Emmitsburg, MD 21727
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