Leadership Program: Innovate, Transform, Inspire

COST: $3,300
DATES: June 28-July 11, 2020

The Hotchkiss Student Leadership Institute is a two-week program designed to develop student leaders who can come up with creative solutions to complex problems, strengthen their communities, build effective teams, and positively influence those around them. Supported by insightful, experienced faculty, participants explore their own leadership style, examine different leadership strategies, and practice applying them in real-world situations. By the end of the course, students will develop a plan to address an issue in their home community using skills they’ve developed through the program.

Our signature approach to leadership education involves three interrelated themes: knowing self, inspiring others, and transforming communities.

  • Knowing Self: Students will have many chances to examine their own strengths, challenges, passions, and concerns. Given our enduring cultural bias towards extroverted leaders, specific attention will be paid to exploring quiet leadership and ways to leverage its power.
  • Inspiring Others: We will use the power of stories and examine the successes and failures of leaders, past and present.
  • Transforming Communities: Working together in teams, students will apply design-thinking in leadership to create solutions to problems facing local, national, and international communities.

Our graduates are poised to take on the challenge of leading with intentionality and authenticity. We prepare student leaders who can:

  • Innovate: Devise shared and creative solutions to 21st century concerns and issues.
  • Transform: Move their entire communities to places of greater inclusion and integrity.
  • Inspire: Build teams to create sustainable change.



Jeremy LaCasse, Program Director

Jeremy LaCasse is currently Teacher of History at the Taft School and the Dean of the Faculty of the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute. He graduated with a B.A. in History from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine; and from the Klingenstein Center, Teachers College at Columbia University with a M.A. in Private School Leadership. LaCasse held the Shotwell Chair for Leadership and Character Development at Berkshire School. He also directed the Ritt Kellogg Mountain Program; served as dean of the sixth and fourth forms; taught European History and Medieval History; and coached the ski and crew programs. Following Berkshire, he was the dean of students at Fountain Valley School of Colorado, and following FVS, he was the head of senior school at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, PA; the Head of Kents Hill School in Kents Hill, ME; and the Assistant Head of School at Cheshire Academy, in Cheshire, CT. He also served as the founding Executive Director of the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute, a national recognized program that has developed a pedagogy of leadership and helps teachers effectively teach leadership to students of all ages.

Heidi Kasevich, Program Director

Heidi Kasevich, Ph.D., designs and delivers programs to foster temperament-inclusive cultures in schools and workplaces nationwide. A specialist in quiet leadership and women’s leadership, she is passionate about helping students and adults alike to use self-awareness to optimize their ability to lead in today’s world. Kasevich, known for her effervescent presentation style, is a frequent speaker at educational conferences and associations, and her Quiet Revolution work has been featured on NPR and in numerous publications, including Huffington Post, New York Magazine, and Harvard Magazine. She is the author of the Guide to Giving, a highly-acclaimed K-12 philanthropy curriculum, and Closing the Gap, an influential girls’ leadership curriculum. Her proficiency is grounded in over 20 years of experience as educator and history department chair at schools and universities in New York City, including Nightingale-Bamford, Dalton, and Cooper Union. Kasevich has also served as Director of Académie de Paris, an Oxbridge Academic Program. A gcLi Alumna Scholar, she received her BA from Haverford and PhD from New York University.

At the end of the two-week session, Leadership students share signature stories that describe a defining moment in their lives. Listen to this 2017 student (below) explain how she found her voice so as to advocate for other “silent” voices: “Within each of us lies, lives a proud, inspiring, and sometimes quiet cantadora. Please remember to set her free."

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