The GSBA Leadership Academy productively connects scholars, fosters new levels of peer support, and helps the
formation of lifelong relationships while encouraging scholars to discover and collaboratively address shared interests
in social and political issues. The Academy assists scholars in acquiring the necessary skills, knowledge, and attributes
to persist year-to-year through completion of their postsecondary education and provides leadership training and
support that is immediately applicable to scholar needs.
The Academy’s Learning Outcomes include:
Students will obtain the skills necessary to connect, develop, and understand a wide range of
knowledge, ideas, and experiences impacting their educational endeavors. By participating in the GSBA Leadership
Academy scholars will develop skills in the following areas:
• Critical & Reflective Thinking • Effective Reasoning • Creativity & Innovation
Scholars will explore their personal identities, strengths, and unique characteristics
developing the skills necessary to be self-advocates. By participating in the GSBA Leadership Academy scholars will
develop skills in the following areas:
• Values Clarification • Effective Communication • Leadership • Social Responsibility
Scholars will acquire the necessary skills to live a life of economic security and self-sufficiency.
By participating in the GSBA Leadership Academy scholars will develop skills in the following areas:
• Financial Literacy • Goal Attainment • Career Development • Professionalism
ABOUT THE 2017 LEADERSHIP ACADEMY IMMERSION WEEKEND
On August 11, 2017, 39 GSBA Scholars flew in from across the country for the leadership Academy’s first
immersion weekend on Bainbridge Island’s IslandWood campus. Over the course of three days, scholars attended
workshops such as “Owning Your Leadership Footprint,” “Navigating Diversity & Inclusion,” and “Crafting
Resiliency;” heard from Scholar alums sharing stories of their early struggles and current achievements;
had a moving discussion with Justice Mary Yu; and spent time building bonds with their peers.