Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life

The Sue Shear Institute holds the 21st Century Leadership Academy, which is a 5-day residential program held on the campus of the University of Missouri- St. Louis. The program is typically held the last full week in May, concluding on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. The Leadership Academy’s unique curriculum includes a day trip to Jefferson City to meet with women elected officials and government leaders. Shear Fellows will also practice their networking skills at an evening event keynoted by a prominent woman in public life, and enjoy many opportunities to get to know a diverse group of exceptional student leaders with wide-ranging interests.

Demonstrated leadership skills and interest in women’s public policy leadership are the two prerequisites for successful participation in the program. Applicants should check to see if there are other criteria specific to their school. There is no specific academic profile for the successful leadership participant.