A Four-Level Leadership Certification Program

LEO (Leadership, Experiences, Opportunity) is a four-level leadership certification program.

Reach your full leadership potential

Your participation in LEO will enable you to discover your own leadership style.

Get connected

LEO allows you to connect with women leaders both on campus and in the community.

Focus on leadership

You are already participating in campus activities and attending events and workshops. In LEO, we focus on the leadership aspects of the activities you are already doing.

The Center for Women's Leadership hosts special events for LEO students including dinners, guest speakers, and trips to cultural events. Throughout the year you will participate in a variety of enrichment events and workshops to reach your LEO goals.

Pictures from LEO field trips.

Level 1

  • Participate in a campus organization and its events for a semester.
  • Attend a Leadership Workshop/Career Development seminar.
  • Attend an enrichment event.
  • Perform five hours off-campus volunteer activity or on-campus activity with a community-based group.
  • Complete a Leadership Studies course (two semester hours) with a grade of B or better (may be completed at Level 1 or 2).

Level 2

  • Participate in a Leadership Workshop/Career Development Seminar.
  • Attend an enrichment event.
  • Perform active service on a committee or as an officer of an organization for a full semester.
  • Participate in a diversity conversation or event.

Level 3

  • Job shadow or attend a career workshop.
  • Introduce an enrichment event, campus speaker, or workshop.
  • Serve as president of a student organization, or chair a project committee.

Level 4

  • Complete leadership portfolio. Orally present to mentors.
  • Complete a one-page leadership résumé reflecting LEO and other leadership experiences.
  • Present at, lead, or assist with a workshop for high school or Cottey students. Submit planning notes and Observation Report.
  • Complete leadership Post-Assessment.

Presidential Project

Plan and complete a community service project.

Representative Outcomes

  • Begin developing your unique leadership style.
  • Build a leadership portfolio reflecting your leadership experiences and observations.
  • Acquire a set of skills and practice at being both a leader and a team member.

Special Opportunities

  • A leadership field trip offered during each semester you are in LEO.
  • A Leader-in-Residence visit to campus each academic year.
  • Mentoring from one or more of Cottey's Leadership Team.

To Enroll

Complete a LEO interest card and a Leadership Pre-Assessment Survey.
To receive credit for participating, you must post all verifying materials on the LEO site of ANGEL.

For more information, contact the Center for Women's Leadership at extension 2204 or CWL@cottey.edu.

For more information on Cottey's academic program, please contact the Office of Enrollment Management by email or by calling 1-888-5-COTTEY (1-888-526-8839).

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Cottey College
For Women • By Women • About Women

1000 West Austin
Nevada, Missouri 64772
Phone: 417-667-8181
Fax: 417-667-8103
Admission: 888-5-COTTEY