Welcome to iLEAD, a four-year program that will help you learn and develop the discipline of leadership to reach your highest potential. As a Salem College student you are receiving the best of a liberal arts education in which students participate in disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses and merge knowledge and practice through transformational experiences inside and outside the classroom.

iLEAD will encourage you to engage challenges with critical and thoughtful evaluation as you seek to help others, build community, and chart your course for influencing the world around you. You will learn the discipline of leader­ship from the inside out, from the core of your potential leadership abilities to the edges of leading with authenticity. At the end of four years, you will not only find the power to lead with self-assurance, you will also discover the ripple-effect your leadership can have in the world.

About the Program

From the Office of Career and Professional Development comes the certification program for Immersion into Leadership Experience and Diversity (iLEAD).  The iLEAD Program is a non-academic award designed to give students an opportunity to earn recognition for their leadership efforts on and off campus. The certificate is open to all Salem College students.

All participants will have access to leadership workshops, resources, conferences and trainings, as well as the opportunity to participate in self-reflection and document their leadership experiences. Upon completion of the iLEAD certification (20 credits), students will be recognized in their Senior Year at the Student Affairs Leadership Awards Banquet in May and receive their iLEAD gift and official certificate. This leadership journey will help you connect with other Salem students, will build your leadership skills, and will be a great addition to your resume!

How do I Earn the Certificate?

Students must attend bi-weekly lunch meetings, and 20 leadership workshops over the course of four years: four (4) Emerging Leaders Core workshops are required, students may select one (1) additional Core activity, and five (5) Electives, and the remaining ten (10) must be Student Activities and/or Career and Professional Development sponsored leadership skill workshops. 

Bi-Weekly Lunch Meetings

Students must be able to attend all scheduled meeting times, always on Tuesdays over lunch.

  • September 15, 29
  • October 13, 30 (Friday)
  • November 10, 24

Core Activities and Workshops:

  • Community-Building Retreat
  • Career Fair
  • Day of Service Project
  • Attend a City Council Meeting
  • Board of Visitors Professional Development Institute
  • Business Dining Etiquette Workshop
  • iLEAD Speaker Series – Guest Lecturer
  • Professional Women’s Conference
  • Professional Women’s Conference Planning Committee
  • Emerging Leaders Course:  Year I (required)
  • Emerging Leaders Course:  Year II (required)
  • Emerging Leaders Course: Year III (required)
  • Emerging Leaders Course: Year IV (required)


There is a list of elective activities in the iLEAD brochure, however, an elective can be any leadership development activity/program/conference/workshop that teaches leadership skills in some capacity. Some examples include LeaderShape, RA Training workshops, Salem Cultural Events, etc.  Contact the Director of Career and Professional Development if you are unsure about an event meeting requirements to earn iLEAD Credit. 

How do you keep track of everything?

All leadership workshop tracking is the responsibility of the participant. Record your attendance for each program, workshop, conference, etc., and then complete the necessary Reflection Form after each experience.

How do I get started?

Apply to join the fall iLEAD Certificate now! Complete this registration form, and then you can start attending workshops. Call or email with any question:  336-917-5579, careers@salem.edu