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What is LeaderShape?

As a part of Ohio State's partnership with LeaderShape, we offer two programs. See below for more details.


Catalyst is a one-day program focused on learning to develop your own authentic path, connect to groups and causes you care about, and commit to a plan to be a catalyst for yourself and the groups you’re part of. You’ll consider powerful questions that move you towards action: Am I on the right path? Who do I want to be? How can I connect with other like-minded individuals? In small-group dialogue, large group interaction, and personal reflection, you’ll learn alongside others who also want to start something extraordinary.

Catalyst 2020 will occur during Leadership Week 2020 in October. More details to come closer to Fall 2020.

For more information about Catalyst, contact Anna Wagner at

LeaderShape Institute

The LeaderShape Institute challenges participants to lead with integrity while working towards a vision grounded in their deepest values. Participants explore not only what they want to do, but who they want to be. Dynamic, challenging, and exciting, the week is intended to produce a breakthrough in the leadership capacity of participants—benefiting them individually, as well as their respective communities and the organizations they will go on to lead and serve in the future.

Coming Spring 2020, we will sponsor students to attend national sessions of the LeaderShape Institute with other student leaders from across the country. 

There will be twonational sessions that students can attend from Ohio State this summer. Those are:

  • July 19-24, 2020: Women of Color Affinity national session of the Institute in Champaign, IL**
  • July 26-31, 2020: Open Enrollment national session of the Institute in Champaign, IL

** This is an affinity-based session of the Institute. The purpose of these sessions is to allow for students to unpack the complexity of leadership AND the complexity of holding a particular identity with others who identify in similar ways - by race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ability, etc.

Students who participate in a national session Summer 2020 will be required to continue to engage during the 2020-2021 academic year through monthly meetings with other students who participated in national sessions that summer as a part of the LeaderShapers Cohort. 

If you are a STEP student interested in participating in a national session this summer, you may apply through All students who are interested will need to complete this LeaderShape Institute 2020 Application at by Friday, March 27th at noon.

Questions? Contact Anna Wagner at