Leadership Capstone Research Topics

The Leadership Capstone course is one of four courses students must complete to earn the Leadership Certificate at graduation. As part of the Capstone course, each student selects a topic (related to leadership) that she will explore during her Capstone semester and works closely with an Advisor from the school’s faculty, staff or administration. A list of all previous Maryvale Capstone topics is below.

Through primary and secondary research (and the opportunity to shadow or intern), the student digs deeper on this one topic. The culminating product is a 30 minute presentation. In addition, all students present a shorter version of their slide deck at a Capstone Presentation and Reception to which parents, faculty, staff, administration, and Leadership Scholars in the younger classes are invited. This event will take place twice in the 2020-2021 school year – at the end of each semester.

Leadership Scholars: Class of 2020 Capstone Research Topics

  • The Effects of Family Life on Leadership
  • Positivity as a Leadership Attribute
  • Breaking the Leadership Glass Ceiling in Medicine: What It Takes for Women in Medicine to Succeed
  • Education Reform in Baltimore City: Who is Leading and How?
  • An Examination of the Leadership Abilities and Strengths of African American Women Educated at Predominantly White Schools
  • The Role of Leadership and Social Media in Affecting Adolescents’ Mental Health
  • How Ethnicity and Language Affect Leadership
  • Tomorrow’s Women in STEM: Igniting a Passion for STEM in Middle School Girls
  • The Importance of Knowledge and Experience in Effective Leadership
  • The Importance of Education in Creating Women Leaders
  • Women in Forensics: An Examination of Why Women Lead and Flourish in this Scientific Field
  • The Influence of School Building Design on Leadership Attributes of Young People

Leadership Scholars: Class of 2019 Capstone Research Topics

  • Women Leadership in the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Pay Equity and Leadership Responsibility
  • Dyslexic Leaders in Business
  • Shared Leadership – A New Model of Nonprofit Organization Leadership



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