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Leadership Institute

Developing Future Female LeadersAlumnae Mentorship Leadership Institute

The world needs more female leaders.

As experts in educating young women, we are passionate about developing them. And, our all-girls’ environment offers your daughters a competitive advantage. According to research from the International Coalition of Girls Schools (ICGS), 93% of girls’ school grads say they were offered greater leadership opportunities than peers at coed schools, and 80% have held leadership positions since graduating from high school. Regina Girls lead!

A unique program, developed at Regina Dominican, the Leadership Institute is a resource center and hub with specific programming for girls to discover their voices, find their passions, and build the leadership skills needed for success.


What Does That Look Like?

Leadership Institute programs are designed for all our students to acquire, practice, apply and master the leadership skills critical for the next generation of female leaders, including:

  • Opportunities to apply critical leadership skills in diverse settings– in the classroom; at community service project sites; on the court, course, or  athletic field around the campus with student government; and beyond 
  • Discussions on leadership, especially female leadership styles and history
  • Meetings with mentors for one-on-one discussions
  • Participation in experiential leadership opportunities such as:
    • North Shore Health System’s Grainger Center for Simulation and Innovation
    • Woman’s Club of Evanston historical program
    • Phase I of the “Building Her Tomorrow” capital improvement construction project with Regina Alumna Carol Ross Barney, an internationally renowned architect and recent 2023 AIA Gold Award winner.
    • CBS News Chicago "Behind the Scenes" guided tour and newscast
    • Global Headquarters of Rotary International executive level briefing, mock election, and tour


How Does It Work?

The Institute is open to all Regina Dominican students. Every student engages in skills-based Advisory activities, and has the opportunity to attend alumnae speaker events, participate in leadership development workshops, and earn annual leadership badges. Annual badges are earned through involvement in multiple workshops, two self-assessments, and a culminating project. Leadership program involvement is an important part of the Regina student profile and a competitive advantage for students vying for offers from the colleges and universities of their choice.

Julie  Koenigsberger, Regina Dominican Leadership Institute DirectorInspire. Act. Lead.

“The Leadership Institute motto is Inspire. Act. Lead. Students learn that everyday leadership is a lifelong enterprise. Growing as leaders through curiosity, self-awareness, and experiential opportunities is part of the school culture. Regina students are making a difference now and are setting themselves up to continue to make an impact in meaningful ways in their chosen professions and in life.

My vision for the Leadership Institute is to provide a space that welcomes and challenges students on their path to develop leadership competencies, to grow in authentic self-confidence, and to cultivate their interests and voice. Regina students and graduates will go on to have an important impact in their families, communities, workplaces, and in the world.”

- Julie Koenigsberger, Regina Dominican Leadership Institute Director

Regina Dominican Leadership Model
Everyone is a leader in a different way, and one size does not fit all. With the help of the Leadership Institute, our young women have multiple opportunities for leadership development where she can dedicate herself to learning, experiencing, and exploring what it means to be an everyday leader.
Regina Dominican Leadership Model

Alumnae Support

As mentors to our future leaders, Regina Dominican Alumnae offer strong support. We tap into our impressive Regina Dominican alumnae of doctors, lawyers, nurses, artists, teachers, authors, chefs, politicians, engineers, dancers, business women, and architects. Alumnae share their best advice and learnings with our future leaders-in-training at monthly lunches, all school assemblies, and other experiential leadership opportunities.

Want to learn more about the Leadership Institute? Give our Enrollment Team a call at (847) 256-7660 or schedule a personalized tour.


Leadership Advisory Council

Bridget M. Baumstark, FSA, EA
Managing Director, Retirement - WTW
Jean Egmon
Author & CEO, The 3rd Angle
Sarah O’Malley Thorrens
Independent Leadership/Strengths Coach
Sue Payne
CEO, National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI)
Bridget Thoreson ‘03, 
Director of Collaborations, Institute for Nonprofit News