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Leadership Davidson

Leadership Davidson is one of the most prestigious leadership development opportunities. It allows our most influential student organization leaders to network, collaborate, and further develop their leadership knowledge, skills and awareness. Leadership Davidson is an investment in students who have taken on the responsibility of leading student organizations. We believe this investment has a ripple effect strengthening the individual participants, their organizations, and the members of their organizations. Furthermore, we want to prepare these dedicated leaders to be highly effective as they head out into the world beyond Davidson.

Leadership Davidson combines a year-long series of 12 seminars with a mentoring experience. Mentors are recruited from among successful corporate and community leaders in response to participants' expressed interests. Past students have found this experience to be amazing. The program will begin in the fall and run for approximately six weeks each semester. Read our program overview (PDF) for a more detailed program description.

Who Should Apply

Leadership Davidson is a selective program limited to 20 students each year. Participants must: 

  • Hold a primary leadership position in a campus or community organization (such as president or vice president, but could be another leadership role)
  • Be on campus for the full school year
  • Commit to participate in all program events including six seminars each semester held on Thursday nights from 4:30 to 6 p.m.; and off-campus overnight retreat Sept. 23-24 
  • Commit to meet weekly with their mentor for one hour

How to Apply

The online application opens in late March. Students should attend one of the information sessions typically scheduled in early April. Finalists will be asked to an interview, and be notified of acceptance by the end of April.


"Leadership Davidson gave me the opportunity to meet many other student leaders on campus that I knew by name but did not know on a personal level. I enjoyed getting to talk to them and know them better because they could provide me support and advice when I had issues in my own organization. I learned a lot about listening to different pieces of advice and various ideas and how important that is for me to succeed as a leader."

"My mentor has helped me grow. He has been a wonderful outlet for me to share my ideas about school, cross-country running, work and life. I cannot adequately explain the importance and the benefit of the open dialogue in our relationship. I have learned a lot from him and his work."