Developing leadership skills has been an integral part of a Saint Gertrude education for as long as most faculty and alumnae can remember. Our goal is to prepare every graduate to advance into the world with confidence and the ability to engage her unique leadership capabilities for the greater good of humankind.
“Leadership” means more than taking the seat at the top of an organizational chart. It encompasses a combination of purpose-setting, caring, communicating, and relating to others. It demands curiosity, persistence, and initiative. Further, as a faith-based institution, we believe leadership must be rooted in a well-developed ethical and moral foundation, nurtured by a vision and desire for a more just world.
We believe that leadership education belongs at every level of the school experience. Toward that end, we have incorporated an age-appropriate program of skill-building that begins with the freshman year and adds greater levels of complexity and comprehension as our students mature.
Beginning with self-awareness and discovery, through exercises in team-building, public speaking, creative problem solving, and administrative responsibility; and culminating in sophisticated problems of ethics, community leadership, and philanthropy, our students discover the roles and styles of leadership that work for them, and learn to put these lessons to work in everything they take on.