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.

Upcoming Events:

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.​

Past Roundtable Events:
  • Mental Wellness: Foundation for Life 
    Wednesday, January 30, 2019, Featuring Dr. Rob Wild, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Dr. Jill Stratton, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Residental Learning, Dr. Jessica Gold, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Psychiatrist at Habif Health and Wellness Center, Dr. Rob Poirier​ EMBA14, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, and Jeremy Fine LA19, Student Representative
    Moderated by Mary M. McKay, Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean of the Brown School
  • Tapping the Power of Prevention: Simple Steps in a Complex World, Featuring Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPH, cancer researcher and global disease prevention expert at Siteman Cancer Center

  • 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

  • Supporting the Success of a Diverse Student Body at WashU,
    Featuring Jennifer R. Smith, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

  • 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

  • Computing is Fundamental, 
    Featuring Dean Aaron Bobick​, James M. McKelvey Professor

  • From Dorm Room to Boardroom: Q&A with David Ulevitch,
    Featuring David Ulevitch​ LA04, SVP & GM, Cisco Security Business​
    Moderated by Anne Marie Knott, Robert and Barbara Frick Professor of Business
To learn more about the LEAD Initiative or upcoming events, giving options, and leadership opportunities, contact your Alumni & Development staff.
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​​Arts & Sciences
Mandi Walsh

Jen Nulle

Brown School
Emilie Fan

Olin Business School
Rachel Shelton

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Katie Mendez

McKelvey School of Engineering
Erin Smith

School of Law
Brian Kelly

School of Medicine
Patrick Delhougne

Siteman Cancer Center
Radha Zanzal

University Initiatives
Tammy Cavarretta​​​​

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