The Leadership Academy

Igniting bold leaders for tomorrow begins today.

The Leadership Academy is a partnership between Gardner-Webb University and Isothermal Community College devoted to developing and enhancing leadership skills through training and exposure from top business leaders, behind-the-scenes tours with executives in several industries and enterprise sectors, and exercises and activities to strengthen the leader within each student.


Students interested in developing leadership skills through this program should:

  • Be known as service-minded 
  • Have foundational character traits of integrity, mutual regard for others, and commitment to follow through on responsibilities
  • Present a willingness to grow in thought, dialogue, and behavior by stepping outside of their natural comfort zone

Likewise, advisors and community leaders should be prepared to foster this type of environment and engagement.

To form a cohesive team dynamic and to honor the time of community leaders, advisors, and peers, all students are expected to attend all six sessions and to enter five minutes prior to the scheduled time, which will ensure the sessions begin on time.


The Leadership Academy is a 12-week program that meets bi-weekly on Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and includes students from Gardner-Webb University and Isothermal Community College. Transportation to and from the institution is provided by the College’s advisor. Sessions generally include the following:

  • Exploring personality traits and leadership principles
  • Adventure course and team building
  • Your influence as a 360° Leader
  • 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
  • Personal conversations with local leaders of economic development, service, entrepreneurship, and government
  • Leadership Academy dinner and presentation of awards

Selection Process and Costs

Up to ten candidates from each institution will be selected to participate in the Leadership Academy. Together, all students will meet as a single class. Complete application packets must be submitted by the dates below for consideration.

Through the support of a local foundation, all students are afforded the opportunity to participate at no cost to them. 

Admission Deadlines

  • Fall Academy: September 1
  • Spring Academy: January 15

Application and Requirements


Angelina Smith
Assistant Professor, Godbold College of Business
Phone: (704) 406-2606
Email: [email protected]
Office: Hamrick 108
Campus Box: 7303