Leadership Institute – Online

Learn the skills and tools it takes to lead and inspire others.

The Leadership Institute offers students an outlet for enhancing their ability to inspire and influence people in reaching a collective goal before they begin their collegiate careers. Personal growth, exploration and reflection promote students who will be prepared to make a difference in their communities and create positive change in the world.

At a Glance

Dates: June 14 – 17 and July 26 – 29

Who Can Apply?: 9th – 12th grade students

Program Length: Monday – Thursday

Program Time: 12:00 – 4:30 pm (EST)

Program Tuition: $995

Location: Online – Zoom

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*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Leadership Institute participants.

What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered:

  • Relationship Management, Self and Social Awareness, and Team Dynamics
  • Personal Brand Management and Communication
  • Understanding Failure Tolerance and How to Build Resilience
  • Cultural Awareness, Diversity, and Equity
  • Professional Presence and Etiquette

Virtual Experiences:

  • Participate virtually in team-building by challenging yourself and leading your peers
  • Work with Wake Forest faculty to develop your personal leadership skills
  • Hear from community leaders and industry leaders to glean leadership lessons in practice
  • Exposure to and application of motivation and leadership techniques

*Virtual experiences are subject to change.

Leadership Institute Cost

Online | $995

Guest Speaker talking to SIP Live Leadership Students via Zoom
Quote from Leadership Student Video
Academic Leader, Heidi Robinson Talking to Students Over Zoom

A Day in the Life

  • 12:00 pm – Sign-on & Icebreaker
  • 12:30 pm – Welcome from Academic Leader
  • 1:00 pm – Introduction to Personal Leadership and Strengths Finder Workshop
  • 1:40 pm – Q and A
  • 2:10 pm –  Virtual Team-building Activity
  • 2:25 pm – Break
  • 2:30 pm – Virtual Field Trip to Start-Up Incubator 
  • 3:00 pm – Q and A with Entrepreneurs – Failure and Resilience 
  • 3:30 pm – Deacon Discussion – Wake Forest Student Mentors
  • 4:30 pm – Wrap Up from Academic Leader
  • 5:30 pm – Optional Evening Activity (Study Abroad Panel)

*The “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is subject to change. 

Meet Your Academic Leader


Heidi Robinson, MA, LPCA, NCC

 Academic Leader, Leadership Institute

Heidi Robinson is the Assistant Vice-President for Career Education and an Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Education, where she teaches and directs the College to Career series of courses. She was hired in 2010 to develop the four-course series and redesign one existing course. During her time at Wake Forest University, she has been nominated and completed the Leadership Development Program, been designated an ACE Scholar for her work in service learning and received the North Carolina Counseling Development New Professional Award. She was nominated by students and inducted into membership in Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society. She conducts service work with student athletes, leading professional development for men’s and women’s basketball, football, women’s golf and Student-Athlete Career Development Night. She also serves in a leadership role in the Office of Personal and Career Development.


Marcus Sanderlin, MA

 Academic Leader, Leadership Institute

Marcus Sanderlin serves as the Associate Director of Career Education for the Wake Forest University School of Business Market Readiness and Employment team. With a passion for empowering students to pursue meaningful careers, he challenges students to explore the “why” behind their “what” as they build lives and careers centered around their sense of purpose. His work spans from coaching college students through career navigation and professional development to educating college leaders and community members on strategies for life design and career advancement. He currently teaches the Personal Branding career course, in addition to providing coaching support for the Master of Management students within the School of Business. As a motivator, educator, and career coach, Marcus Sanderlin strives to serve as an advocate for holistic professional development and strategic occupational elevation.