The Leadership Institute

Maryvale Leadership InstituteFor more than 70 years, Maryvale has molded dedicated learners into dynamic leaders.

Our accomplished alumnae sit at the helm of companies, head nonprofits, direct boards and oversee schools. That’s because they developed the skills and the confidence to lead at a young age during their formative years at Maryvale.

Leadership Institute History

In 2014, at the urging of the President’s Advisory Council, Maryvale took its longstanding leadership initiatives to a new level, launching the Leadership Institute. The bold move made Maryvale the first all girls’ school in the region to offer such an impressive lineup of leadership offerings through its one-of-a- kind signature program. Since debuting the Institute, the school continues to expand its offerings, carefully crafting innovative classes and providing cutting-edge opportunities to provide girls with the skills needed in our ever-changing world.

Leadership Institute Program @ a Glance

The Institute provides all girls with the academic training, real-life experience and immense opportunity to develop exemplary leadership skills that will catapult them ahead in college, career and life.

Under the umbrella of the Leadership Institute, every student receives a variety of leadership training during each academic year. Whether it is through the rigorous Leadership Certificate Program, a Middle School course, Upper School electives, regular lessons in Advisory, guest speakers, field trips to local companies or all-school assemblies, the Institute offers leadership skill development at every phase of a Maryvale student’s journey.

These lessons come alive as each girl has the opportunity to flex her leadership muscle through dozens of curricular and co-curricular offerings. Whether it is delivering an impactful eighth grade speech, running in a close Student Council race or serving on the Social Justice Coalition (SoJuCo), there are more than 100 opportunities for each student to learn, lead and succeed in the classroom, on the field, in the theater or in the community.

This testing ground is not limited to Maryvale’s 100- plus-acre campus. Through the Leadership Institute, students have the opportunity to lead workshops and participate in internships as well as summer programs at companies, universities and nonprofits throughout Greater Baltimore and throughout the country.

Maryvale’s Leadership Institute does not stop working for students when they graduate. Another goal of this signature program is to continually connect young alumnae with their Maryvale sisters in the highest ranks of companies, nonprofits and schools to encourage networking, mentorship and career advancement.


Contact the Director


Maryvale Leadership Institute Director Mary Ellen Rector Fise

Mary Ellen Rector Fise '74

Director of the Leadership Institute

410-308-8521

fisem@maryvale.com