Responsible for 183 years of innovation in the training of young women leaders, leadership is in integral part of our high school curriculum. We strive to empower each young woman in both individual and classroom settings. Presentation’s unique program focuses on six leadership skills used in everyday life. Those skills include goal setting, problem solving, team building, organization and planning, communication and ethical behavior.

Presentation Academy’s Leadership Program isDSC02548 the premier high school training of its kind in the region. The program offers the following to each student during her high school year:

Career Shadowing and Internship Opportunities

Career Shadowing

  • Presentation Academy encourages each student to take the opportunity to career shadow. Sophomores and juniors are encouraged to shadow up to three times, each year.

o   Career shadowing allows for each participating student to get a deeper glimpse into various job fields. The hope is for each student to get a clear idea of what she wants pursue after graduation and plenty of time to set the goals in which to do so, depending on the availability of the field.


  • Pres students are encouraged to complete an internship between their sophomore and senior years

o   Internships allow for hands-on experience in the field of her choice

o   Students are asked to focus and report on the 6 Leadership Skills and how they are used throughout their internship experience

  • 45 hours of unpaid service are required to complete the program
  • Upon completion students receive a ½ credit on their high school transcript
  • If you are interested in providing an internship to one of our students, please contact Rebecca Mercer rmercer@www.presentationacademy.org

Specialized Leadership Programming for each grade level – Including but not limited to:

  • 9th Grade Leadership Forum

o   Introduction to the Leadership Department at Presentation Academy

o   Includes a “Get to know Downtown” tour

o   Healthy Living Instruction

o   Goal setting activities in a four year plan

  • Sophomore –

o   All sophomores attend the yearly Young Women Lead Conference (http://youngwomenlead.com/)

  • Past speakers include: Bonnie St. John, Dominqiue Dawes, Charla Young

o   Begin shadowing/internship experiences

  • Junior –

o   All juniors participate in the “Finding Your Impact” program with Peggy Noe Stevens http://peggynoestevens.com/professionalcoaching/youth/findingyourimpact/

  • Program includes training on:
    • Effective Communication
    • Goal Setting
    • Time Management
    • Dining Etiquette
    • Interview Skills
    • Personal Branding
    • More …

o   Continue shadowing/internship experiences

  • Senior –

o   The Senior class takes advantage of many leadership opportunities throughout the year but the focus lies in college visits and preparation

Resume Building and Career Counseling through KHEAA

  • Extensive 4 year instruction on how to…

o   Effectively build a resume

o   College Prep

o   Interview techniques for colleges and job placement

o   Career and Interest Assessments

o   Search/Compare/Apply for Colleges

o   Learning Styles Inventory


Student Leadership developed in and throughout the 7th and 8th Grade Leadership Forums

  • 8th Grade Leadership Forum      

o   Presentation’s unique program offers young women from area schools the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in a dynamic workshop setting. Students will receive training on topics ranging from communication and group dynamics, to goal setting and problem solving.

o   Establishing a legacy for developing confident female leaders, Presentation Academy’s downtown campus location allows us to partner with Louisville professionals in many fields including government, business, religion and art. Participating eighth grade students will have the unique opportunity to gain exposure to leadership training from various professional fields.

o   Students will be encouraged to adopt Leadership skills learned during the forum and utilize them in the service of their schools and communities.

o   Past and present partners include Stage One Theatre, Actor’s Theatre, The Courier Journal and Norton Healthcare.

  • 7th Grade Leadership Forum

o   A condensed version of the very successful 8th Grade Leadership Forum

o   Presentation’s unique program offers young women from area schools the opportunity to begin developing their leadership skills in a dynamic one day workshop.

o   Training focuses on the ins and outs of project planning and implementation.

o   Past sponsors include The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.