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Leadership (L.E.A.D.)

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The Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School Leadership Program is inspired by the legacy of Catherine McAuley and traditions of Mercy. Rooted in the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy - earth, immigration, nonviolence, racism, and women - Gwynedd educates and empowers young women to become prudent, ethical leaders of action and conviction. 

The L.E.A.D. department utilizes the Gardner Carney Leadership Lab method, developed by the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute (gcLi) in collaboration with the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania. Led by 5 institute-certified faculty and staff, the gcLi method combines brain science, social and emotional intelligence, leadership studies, cultural competency, and developmental psychology. 

Role models like Catherine McAuley prove women make great leaders. Yet, research compiled in 2016 by the Harvard Graduate School of Education found that teen girls continue to face a powerful barrier to leadership: an unconscious gender bias from adults, other teens and even themselves. Alarmingly, while women hold almost 52 percent of all professional-level jobs in the country, their representation in top leadership positions in a broad range of fields—such as equity law partners, medical school deans, and corporate executive officers—remains stuck at a mere 10 percent to 20 percent.

Gwynedd is committed to helping our graduates shatter more “glass ceilings” and be positioned to make an even greater impact in the world. The program is designed to champion ethical leadership, develop leadership competencies, inspire change agents, encourage career exploration, promote diversity, develop global competency, and combat unconscious gender bias among adults and teens themselves.



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Students are invited to apply for internships offered by the School. Internships are available in Advancement, Athletics, Counseling, Culinary, Leadership, Marketing & Communications, Performing Arts, Science, Strategic Planning, and Technology. Upon completion of the program, interns will receive a stipend of $500. 

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Our Externship Program provides leadership learning in a professional setting. The program fosters personal, educational, and professional growth. Each student who applies for an externship is interviewed, providing practice and direction on presentation skills and highlighting her strengths and unique qualifications.

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Leadership Programming

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Our students have opportunities to take leadership to the next level. In our programs, students study, articulate, and learn practices and habits through teachable moments.

Program Benefits:
- Specialized curriculum
- Speaker opportunities
- Student summits
- National conferences

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Student Leadership Council 2021-2022 

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President: Maddie Gibson '22
Vice President: Grace Cheeseman '22
Secretary: Alexis Kelerchian '22
Treasurer: Grace Stetler '22

Committee Chairs
Social Chair: Mara Howard '22
Service Chair: Brynn Romberger '22
LEAD4CHANGE Chair: Alana Mandato '22
Fine Arts Chair: Hayley Young '22
Creativity Chairs: Alexis Borrelli '22 and Paige Jalosinski '22

Junior Members
Rose Mazzeo ‘23
Ally Croushore ‘23
Payton Sewards ‘23
Juliet Murphy ‘23
Reiley Walsh ‘23
Kiki Sullivan ‘23
Annabel Knapke ‘23
Ava Gross ‘23
Bryn Delaney ‘23
Caroline Fitzgerald ‘23
Hannah Hughes ‘23
Julianna Fayette ‘23
Lauren Vitez ‘23
Emily Bilko ‘23
Trinity Meehan ‘23
Ava Harvest ‘23
Megan Myers ‘23
Reagan Mele ‘23


Senior Members
Jenna Mangan ‘22
Abby Bernesky ‘22
Anna Marie Patti ‘22
Cassidy Palazzo ‘22
Ellie Perry ‘22
Gia DelliGatti ‘22
Hayley Young ‘22
Kate O’Connell ‘22
Katie Hess ‘22
Kira Kinsley ‘22
Elizabeth Gomez ‘22
Mia Van Mater ‘22

Sophomore Members
Amanda Murray ‘24
Mea Giovannone ‘24
Ava Kolp ‘24
Nina Zoglio ‘24

Leadership Committee - "Empowered Women Empower Women."

The Leadership Committee, an advisory committee of Gwynedd Mercy alumnae who work in an array of professions and industries, work with the program's students to provide real-world insights, guidance, and mentorship.  


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2020 EE Ford Foundation Grant
2020 Lead4Change Foundation Grant
2020 BLBB Charitable Grant


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