Summer Programs for High School Students

Leadership Institute

XSPP-075 Leadership Institute

Course Details

The Leadership Institute is offered on the following dates:

June 12 - June 18, 2016

Before beginning your collegiate career, engage in the Leadership Institute to enhance your ability to inspire and influence people to reach a collective goal. The Leadership Institute helps you develop your own leadership capabilities, style and ethical code. There is no better place to take this course than in Washington, DC, the international hub of leadership. Visit local corporations, government agencies, Capitol Hill offices and non-profit organizations where you can learn from those who make difficult decisions every day. As a Leadership Institute student, you will follow in the footsteps of presidents, CEOs, cabinet secretaries and foreign heads of state who have studied at Georgetown at some point in their academic careers. Our faculty is composed of leadership coaches who have worked with top executives. They will teach you what they have learned and test your skills through simulation exercises.

Core Topics Covered*

  • Decision-making
  • Ethics
  • Leadership techniques
  • Moral leadership
  • Government leadership
  • International decision-making
  • Global business issues

Hands-on Experience*

  • Participate in a ropes course team-building challenge with classmates
  • Visit area corporations, government agencies, Capitol Hill offices and nonprofit organizations.
  • Hear from industry experts in the fields of business, law and journalism.
  • Tour museums such as the renowned Newseum.
Sample Day*  
8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast in Dining Hall
9:15-10:30 a.m. Lecture: What is Leadership
10:40-11:50 a.m. Guest Lecture: Michael Gillette - Philospher Politician
  Implementing Ethics into Local Government Decision-making
12:00-12:45 p.m. Lunch
1:00-5:00 p.m. Leadership Ropes Course
5:30-6:45 p.m. "Strategic Alliances:" A Negotiation Simulation

*Core topics, hands-on experience and sample day are subject to change

2016 Instructional Staff:

Micah Jensen, Academic Director

Micah Jensen is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, and he has been the Academic Director of the Leadership Institute since 2011. He teaches courses on leadership and decision-making, public opinion, political behavior, and research methods. His research is focused on how interest groups organize and advocate for political goals; how leaders inside and outside government affect the policy-making process; and how race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation influence politics and policy. Dr. Jensen previously worked in organizational development for a major investment firm. He has fifteen years experience in adult education, has managed and led nonprofit organizations, and has taught and consulted for private sector clients, 501(c)(3) organizations, and the U.S. Departments of Defense and State. Dr. Jensen has a doctoral degree in government and a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University, and a bachelor's degree in economics from Westminster College of Salt Lake City.

Andrea Mayer, Capstone Director
Professor Mayer served as a trial attorney for the federal government for nine years, where she specialized in litigation related to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, other laws prohibiting discrimination in federally assisted programs, and federal receiverships.  She has represented the federal government in numerous capacities, including Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, receivership counsel, and agency counsel, where she provided legal advice relating to employment law, fraud, venture capital and investment law, regulatory enforcement, and governmental privileges. 

Previously, she served on the legal staff of the U.S. Bankruptcy Review Commission and the U.S. Sentencing Commission.  Professor Mayer has also worked as a trial and jury consultant in connection with numerous high-profile criminal and civil cases, and as a judicial law clerk.  She regularly lectures on topics related to constitutional law and federalism, including lectures at Georgetown's Center for Intercultural Education and Development, Program on Public Policy and Ethics in the USA, and the Library of Congress' Open Leadership Program.  She has been selected as Georgetown's 2009 Pro-Seminar Fellow for American Government, and will serve as Georgetown Adjunct Faculty in spring 2010.  Professor Mayer received her J.D. from George Washington University and M.A. in Government from Georgetown University.  She has completed coursework towards her Ph.D. in Government at Georgetown University and Harvard University, and is currently working on her dissertation in the area of Law and Society.  Her research and teaching interests center on constitutional law, tolerance attitudes, and social change.

Thank you for your interest in this course. Unfortunately, the course you have selected is currently not open for enrollment. Please complete a Course Inquiry so that we may promptly notify you when enrollment opens.


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