The LeaderShape Institute is a training program that transforms 60 students into 60 great leaders of UCLA, their communities, organizations, clubs and beyond. For six days, this highly interactive and energizing program provides the tools to:
- Act consistently with core ethical values, personal values and convictions
- Develop and enrich relationships
- Respect the dignity and contribution of all people
- Interact with UCLA alumni
Located at the beautiful Gindling Hilltop Conference Center in Malibu, it’s the perfect environment for team-building activities and developing leadership skills. All participants must remain on the site for the entire six days, with food, lodging and roundtrip transportation provided. Roundtrip transportation is provided.
March 25-30 (Spring Break)
Gindling Hilltop Conference Center in Malibu
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Deadline: Jan. 17
Applicants will need to create a profile in order to submit an application.
Must be first-, second- or third-year undergraduate students.
This program is free to all selected participants. Housing, food, transportation, supplies and a custom T-shirt are sponsored by the UCLA Alumni Association, UCLA Student Affairs, the Ashe Student Health Center and the Office of Residential Life. A security deposit is required at the time of reservation, which will be returned after the program is completed.
Contact email@example.com or 310-206-0523.
A great deal of work will be done in small cluster groups. Clusters provide a supportive, safe environment which promotes learning and development of new skills and attitudes. Students will also participate in the unique Team Challenge Course - a half-day team-building experience that teaches trust, communication and group problem solving.
- Explore the meaning of leadership
- Meet other participants in the Learning Community
- Join the Family Cluster. As your primary reference group, they will offer you feedback, support and help you develop and refine your vision for the future.
“The Value of One, The Power of All”
- Experiential outdoor team-building activity
- Discover how relationships, trust and problem solving can be enhanced in a supportive group setting
- Completing a behavioral style inventory to enhance self-awareness
- Set personal goals for the week and share with Family Cluster.
- Explore inclusive leadership and how to create communities which value respect, openness and diverse opinions
“Challenging What Is, Looking to What Could Be”
- Develop your own vision for the future which defines a bold change for your community, group, cause or organization back home
- Guest leader panel – individuals will share their insights and experiences related to the challenges of leading with integrity.
- Reception - interact with significant leaders in business, education and various professions
“Bringing Vision to Reality”
- Three key requirements to move a vision forward: relationships, stretch goals and action steps
- Explore power in a dynamic group simulation exercise
“Living and Leading with Integrity”
- Discuss how core ethical values, thoughtful decisions and courage all play critical roles in sustaining integrity and fostering trust and respect
- Open discussion on burning issues
- Prepare for a creative Family Cluster LeaderShape Revue
“Staying in Action”
- Learn about the LeaderShape community - a network of mutual encouragement and support
- Learning Community commencement ceremony
UCLA students were asked the following questions about their LeaderShape experience.
What is LeaderShape about?
- LeaderShape has effectively created an environment that challenges UCLA students to stretch for their goals, even in the face of adversity. – Ryan Miller
- LeaderShape gave me something so crucial, fundamental, and essential that it has changed my life: vision and action. I don’t know how they did it, but LeaderShape has instilled in me a fervent sense of purpose and social responsibility. – Yan Zhang
- I have learned how to live and lead with integrity, build community and develop my vision and goals to make real positive change. – Nina Gupta
- This is not just another camp, in LeaderShape I was challenged to think big, to go out of my comfort zone, and to actually put my vision into reality. – Priscilla Sugicento
Who do you meet at the conference?
- My favorite things in the program were the guest speakers, family cluster, and my fellow peers who were so welcoming. – Ann Zhou
- The types of peers I met here were wonderful and I can’t describe how thankful I am for having such an opportunity to meet them all. The faculty was also very amazing. They made me feel so supported and valuable. – Setareh Homayoni
- At LeaderShape, not only did I gain knowledge and skill, I also met incredible alumni that can help me reach and work on my vision. – Emma Citrin
- Even though I am not outgoing, I realized I did not have to change and found my role in my group. – Anonymous
What do LeaderShape graduates take away from the conference?
- Beyond simple workshops and meetings the small group, serious discussions, and family cluster discussions have been eye-opening, inspirational, and truly visionary. – Amy Ly
- Without LeaderShape, I wouldn’t have discovered all the possibilities I have at UCLA. It is an amazing opportunity and I will suggest it to all my UCLA students. – Vivian Chen
- LeaderShape changed my perspective about the world and my life completely! - Anonymous
- It [LeaderShape] has taught me that anyone can be a leader, and leader does not always mean “boss" –Connie Lin
- I feel like I discovered a big part of myself. I know what my vision is now and I know that I can make a difference, one person at a time. – Setareh Homayoni
What type of things do you do at the conference?
- During this intense week for learning, sharing, and growing, my eyes have been opened to various truisms of leadership - dispelling the myths that limited me in the past. – Olawunmi Deborah Akinsilo
- At LeaderShape, I’ve been given the tools and the knowledge to make a change in my community, while also being inspired by the diverse leaders at this camp. – Vicki Nee
- By creating our vision as more realistic. No longer is it a dream, but a possibility. By bringing so many campus leaders together, we were able to share our resources and networks with one another to further make our dream a reality. – Isabella Europa
- Through the lessons and simulations we’ve done here, I’ve pushed myself further than I’ve ever thought possible and have had some of the best discussions ever. – Matthew Saucedo
Why should you go?
- The leadership skills I learned and the thoughtful discussions I had during this one week will honestly guide me for many years to come, if not all my life. – Stephanie Fan
- This has certainly been the THE GREATEST Spring break I have ever had. – Peggy Modir
- This week and experience has been incredibly important to me because it has shown me the limitless amount of possibilities there are in making a difference. – Kana Mizuoka
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