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Get Involved with Leadership

About iLEAD

While iLEAD serves all students, it engenders a special relationship with specific populations including first-year, first-gen, honors students, international students, commuters, transfers and, probationary students. iLEAD serves these members by providing additional support in acclimation and academic growth through special events, organizations, collaborations and programs.

Join us at one of our events to see what leadership is all about.

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iLEAD Programs

Credit-Bearing Leadership Courses

This is a three-tier program for non-billable academic credit that offers leadership training through supporting academic assistance, academic and student life clubs, organizations and Learning Services. See Credit-Bearing Classes >

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders series is a non-billable, seven-week, non-credited survey class that teaches leadership understanding and skills. Most students are chosen from nominations by FY SYM professors. The success of the program is realized in the number of upperclassmen who also independently seek this leadership development opportunity. ROTC members are particularly encouraged to participate, availing themselves to the widest versions of leadership and further assisting them in their pursuit of commissioning.

National Society of Leadership and Success

As the nation's largest leadership honor society, membership within this society extends a variety of resources such as scholarships and awards for leadership work and lifelong benefits such as an employer job bank and personal discount opportunities. Learn more about NSLS >


International Dinners & Dialogue

Including international faculty and students involved with the Center for Student Diversity and the Inclusive Excellence Committee to move "theory to practice" by creating student-research opportunities, letter writing campaigns, panels and other activities from the discussions to present to the larger community.

Living Leadership

A series that provides alumni speakers and others "in the trenches" to inspire, teach and network with students, resulting in follow-up learning and service opportunities.

Previous Speakers

Matthew Condon

Communications director at the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program, U.S. House of Representatives. His talk was titled, “Creativity in Leadership.”

Mary Furlong

Educator, humanitarian and Fulbright Scholar who served in Zambia and Malawi supporting free elections and coordinating educational programs.

Sarah George, C'13

Mount St. Mary's University Class of 2013 alumna and founder and executive director of Emmaus Farm, a service-based retreat center in Lewis County, Kentucky.

Gayle Gluck

Regional director for stARTSSomething, an arts in education partner with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Cultural Alliance of York County, Pennsylvania. She's also the manager for Poetry Out Loud and founder of the professional education outreach program for the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Michael Scott Kimmel, Ph.D.

American sociologist specializing in gender studies. He holds the position of distinguished professor of sociology at Stony Brook University in New York and is the founder and editor of the academic journal Men and Masculinities.

John Larrivee, Ph.D.

Mount St. Mary's University associate professor of economics and director of the BB&T Center for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Capitalism in the Mount's Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business. His talk was titled, “Civil Society and the U.S. Constitution.”

Christy Lucas

A former teacher and administrator for Catholic education and Hanover Magazine's 2016 Person of the Year. She's currently the CEO and co-founder of Roots for Boots, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping veterans, service members and families.

Odila Madiamba

Congolese political refugee and humanitarian, working toward American citizenship to serve others with mental illness.

John W. Miller, C'99, and David Bernabo

Mount St. Mary's University Class of 1999 alumnus and former foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, John W. Miller, and filmmaker David Bernabo, collaborated to make the feature-length film about Moundsville, a city in Marshall County along the western edge of West Virginia's northern panhandle documenting history through the voices of its residents.

John O’Connor

Mount alumnus and resident assistant, L’Arche Community, Washington D.C.

Marty Karsteter Qually, C'94

Mount St. Mary's University Class of 1994 alumnus and Adams County, Pennsylvania commissioner. His talk was titled, ”How Does the U.S. Constitution Affect Local Government?”

Nancy Robson and Sue Collins, R.N.

Hospice care nurses and co-authors, OK, Now What?: What Matters Most.

Diana Thompson

Founding president and chairwoman of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad By-Way Board of Directors. She's also a chief human resource officer of Fortune 500 companies, as well as a poet, playwright, historian and panelist.

Talitha Washington, Ph.D.

Her talk was titled, “African American Mathematicians.”

Earl Young

Youngest gold medalist on the U.S. track and field team at the 1960 Rome Olympics. In 1963, he capped off his medal collection with a pair of gold medals in the Pan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as a part of the relay teams. With a faith-based approach, Earl donates his time traveling around the country to share his near-death story and encourage others to save lives by signing up for the bone marrow donation registry.

Leadership through Film

A monthly opportunity for student-led discussions on film clips in light of leadership qualities and styles.

Emmitsburg and Thurmont Libraries Connection

A combination of service opportunities in which Mounties engage with younger children by assisting in the Head Start program, after school programs, One Book One Maryland and National Poetry Month.

Sponsored Events

SPARC Debates

iLEAD sponsors the SPARC Debates, providing students opportunities to be recognized for research and public speaking.


iLEAD sponsors pro-life rally and fundraising events to place sonograms in local crisis pregnancy centers.

Roots for Boots

Sponsored nonprofit to fundraise and support veterans and especially Wounded Warriors.

Relay for Life

Sponsored by active membership to educate and fundraise in the quest to wipe out cancer while supporting survivors. An iLEAD member serves on the Office of Social Justice board for this activity.

Earl Young Team

iLEAD sponsors the Earl Young Team cooperatively with the Health Professions Club, CSES and athletics to raise awareness and contribute to a registry for the collection of bone marrow.


West Point Ethics Leadership

West Point Ethics and Leadership Conference annually invites civilian Mounties to participate in its annual conference, offering the insight if 10 of the nation's top leaders. Participants share their experience with the Mount community.

NSLS Conferences

NSLS Conferences are offered to members of the NSLS Executive Board annually and present a plethora of topics to further an understanding of leadership and provide soft leadership skills to support the Mount's chapter.


Center for Student Engagement and Success or CSES Coordinations

Various activities aimed at increasing enrollment and retention works in coordination with iLEAD.

Federal Reserve Challenge

Sponsored economic program of the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business in which students competitively problem-solve and promote ethical economic plans.

Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business, BB&T Center

From the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business, the BB&T Center and iLEAD collaborate in discussions of civil society and curriculum building toward leadership offerings of faith-based universities supporting faith-based organizations including diocesan Catholic schools.