Wellesley College Athletics - LeadBLUE

Wellesley College Athletics - LeadBLUE

What is the LeadBLUE Athletic Leadership Academy?

Designed to facilitate leadership development tools and educational opportunities for all student-athletes, the LeadBLUE Athletic Leadership Academy aims to enhance the quality of team culture, student leadership, and the athletic experience at Wellesley.

LeadBLUE includes basic training for all first-year students and sophomores, and rising leadership training for captains and team leaders as they transition into these roles. Athletes are also guided on the transition out of athletics and how their experiences will help them in the “real world.” Modeled on similar and highly effective programs, LeadBLUE will assist athletes in finding their voices, both on and off the field, complementing their academic experience, and instilling habits of leadership.

LeadBLUE also welcomes guest speakers (open to all student-athletes to attend) and establishes a direct connection to the Wellesley Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Athlete Mentor Program (AMP). Once fully implemented, the LeadBLUE Athletic Leadership Academy will reach 150 first year and sophomore students annually, as well as 35 student team leaders, and up to 65 additional students and athletic staff.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, LeadBLUE launched with an emphasis on programming for first year student-athletes, centered on establishing a base level of leadership, communication skills, and role clarity through facilitated workshops. Two workshops took place in the fall, beginning with a first year only workshop on Leading In Transition on Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00pm, and concluding with a final fall workshop on Tuesday, November 28, stressing the importance of communication and how to Know Your Style.

The program welcomed its first guest speaker in the fall of 2017, when Nicole LaVoi, co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport and the co-founder of the Minnesota Youth Sport Research Consortium. The head tennis coach at Wellesley from 1994-1998, LaVoi gave a presentation on Building a Positive Team Culture (this presentation was open to all student-athletes).

Questions? Contact Lauren Schoenberger (lschoenb@wellesley.edu), Head Lacrosse Coach.

(November 8, 2017): Wellesley’s Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics (PERA) Launches a Program to Prepare Varsity Athletes for Roles Beyond Athletics

Fall 2019 Programming

  • Captains/Team Representatives Training for Fall Pre-Season Sports - Thursday, August 29, 1:00-3:00pm (LWC 413)

  • Captains/Team Representatives Training for All Sports - Sunday, September 8, 12:00-4:00pm (LIB 141)

    • 12:00-2:00pm (non fall pre-season sports)

    • 2:00-4:00pm (fall pre-season sports join)

  • First-Year Only Program: Introduction to Leadership

    • Tuesday, September 10, 7:30-8:30pm

    • Library Lecture Room

  • First-Year Only Program: Understanding Your Communication Style, Thursday, October 10, 7:30-8:30pm (PNE 239)

  • Sophomore Only Program: Communication 2.0 (Conflict Resolution), Thursday, October 17, 7:30-8:30pm (Library Lecture Room)

  • LeadBLUE Speaker Event: Invisible Aspects of Inclusion - Wednesday, October 23, 7:30-8:30pm (Tishman Commons)  

  • SAAC Alumnae Networking Dinner, Thursday, November 21, 6:30-8:30pm (Alumnae Ballroom)