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The LEAD Initiative

Washington University: Investing in the Community and You

The LEAD Initiative is a network of emerging Washington University alumni leaders, committed to enhancing the impact and connectedness through shared goals of engagement, education, and exposure to the university.

LEAD is a collaborative effort among Washington University’s schools and programs that provides opportunities for, alumni ages 45 and younger, to come together as a unified community. LEAD alumni are evolving into leadership phases in their lives and careers, and seeking meaningful opportunities to connect with the university and their peers. Together, the LEAD Initiative will continue to grow and develop through mentorship, networking, and giving back to Washington University.
  • LEAD as a university volunteer. Participate in committees, recruit new LEAD members, promote purpose-driving philanthropy, and attend events.
  • ENGAGE through mentorship. Offer your unique perspective, and thoughtful guidance to cultivate meaningful professional relationships with students and fellow alumni.
  • ACHIEVE professional goals. Share your enthusiasm and knowledge as you expand your network across all Washington University schools and programs.
  • DONATE your time, talent, and treasure. Many emerging leaders have identified Washington University among their highest philanthropic priorities, remaining connected through Annual Fund support. 

As donors and volunteers, LEAD participants find involvement to be a significantly rewarding experience.

LEAD Roundtable Series

We invite you to a series of roundtables in which Deans and Directors at Washington University in St. Louis will illustrate how our different schools and programs are creating positive change in the St. Louis region
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8-9 a.m. Presentation and Q&A
  • Friday, October 27, 2017 
    The Brown School's Commitment to Addressing Health Disparities in St. Louis
    Featuring Mary M. McKay, Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean of the Brown School, and Jason Purnell, Associate Professor
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017
    Supporting the Success of a Diverse Student Body at WashU
    Featuring Jennifer R. Smith, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    Toward Thriving Communities: Cultivating Engaged Citizens at WashU and Beyond
    Featuring Stephanie N. Kurtzman, Peter G. Sortino Director of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
To learn more about the LEAD Initiative or upcoming events, giving options, and leadership opportunities, contact your Alumni & Development staff.



​​Arts & Sciences
Katie Merritt

Brown School
Emily Maltby

School of Engineering & Applied Science
Ally Favre

School of Law
Elizabeth Kaul

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Brigid Flynn

Olin Business School
Molly Mulligan

Jen Nulle

University Initiatives
Tammy Cavarretta​​​​


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