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Leadership Institute Offers Students More Than College Prep Education

Liz Luxem ’62, chair of the board of directors at Regina Dominican, Elizabeth Fenner ’82, editor-in-chief of Chicago Magazine, and S. Mary Margaret Pachucki OP, president of Regina Dominican | Submitted
Carol Kolodziej, Director of the Leadership Institute, explains the significance of the Leadership Shield, a model on what it means to be a leader. | Submitted
Elizabeth Fenner ’82 explains to students why women are qualified to solve problems on a global scale. | Submitted
Representatives of each class hold framed leadership shields for a blessing by S. Mary Margaret Pachucki OP | Submitted

Excitement filled the air on September 5 as Regina Dominican held the inaugural event of its new initiative, the Leadership Institute.  S. Mary Margaret Pachucki OP, President, welcomed students, parents, alumnae, and guests.  “The dreams and plans for the Leadership Institute began two years ago when we entered into partnership with Dr. Jean Egmon of Third Angle and the Kellogg School of Management.  This partnership, the commitment of our Board of Directors, our outstanding faculty and staff, and the continued support of our generous donors has brought us to this point in time,” said Pachucki.

Pachucki then introduced Carol Kolodziej, the Director of the Leadership Institute. “Mrs. Kolodziej brings to this position experience in education at the junior high, high school and university levels which includes leadership training, student programming, supervision, curriculum development, and assessment.  She is a strong supporter of female-centered education and understands the importance of forming women leaders for our world.”   Kolodziej served as the Dean of Students at Regina Dominican from 2006 through 2011.

In her remarks, Kolodziej noted that educating young women in faith, Dominican values, academic excellence, service and leadership has always been a hallmark of a Regina Dominican education.  “The Leadership Institute will bring into sharper focus Regina Dominican’s mission to challenge and inspire students to be responsible and engaged leaders in a quickly changing and diverse global community.  It will serve as the intersection between our rigorous college preparatory curriculum and the relevance of real world experience,” said Kolodziej.

Through the Leadership Institute, students will have the opportunity to use portfolios to document their leadership growth through four years at Regina Dominican. The Leadership Scholar Program will allow students to deepen and enhance their coursework and receive special designation as a Leadership Institute Scholar.  In leadership workshops and advisory activities, students will be able to assess their own leadership style.  Students will also have the opportunity to interact with inspiring leaders and subject matter experts through the Speakers Series.

“The Leadership Institute is not about one definition of leadership; rather, it will encourage each of you to assess and develop the strengths you already possess as you become the leader you want to be,” said Kolodziej. 

Kolodziej then welcomed award-winning journalist and Class of ’82 alumna Elizabeth Fenner, editor in chief of Chicago magazine, as the event’s keynote speaker. 

“It is terrific that Regina has chosen to focus on global leadership, because frankly there’s no better time,” said Fenner in her address.  “It’s becoming increasingly clear that it’s women who can lead us out of the problems that our world faces.”

Fenner shared the steps necessary to truly become a global leader. “Becoming a global leader may seem a little ambitious when you’re still a teenager. But there are three simple steps you can do, right now, to increase your chances of getting there,” said Fenner.

Fenner encouraged students to read international news coverage to learn about world events; to travel outside the country to better understand others; and to speak up despite the risk. “The most effective global leaders will be those who do not impose their preexisting notions on people from other places,” said Fenner. “Coming together, collaborating, working as a team, putting yourself in the other person’s shoes – something that women are good at – are what’s going to help your generation make the world a better, greener, more humane place.”

Regina Dominican, a college preparatory Catholic high school for women sponsored by the Adrian Dominicans, fosters academic excellence, truth, peace and justice while challenging each student to develop leadership for life and respect for all races, cultures, and faiths. Regina Dominican is located at 701 Locust Road Wilmette, Illinois 60091. For more information about Regina Dominican contact us at 847.256.7660.

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