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Music City Girls Lead!

Music City Girls Lead! is a leadership academy produced by the Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership through the College of Leadership & Public Service.

It was created in cooperation with the Champions4Women Committee of the Nashville Local Organizing Committee, its chair Margaret Behm and Champions4Women chair Patricia Pierce. The first academy was held in 2013. Since then, over 150 young women have participated in nine academies and an alumni celebration.

Music City Girls Lead leadership team

Music City Girls Lead! serves to strengthen high school girls in their pursuit of excellence through classroom learning, community experiences, and direct mentoring. The academy is a series of classes and experiences for high school girls in grades 9-11 in the Middle Tennessee area.  

Nashville’s deep bench of local leaders and mentors, as well as national experts on leadership development, engage participants in a series of classes and experiences. The academy curriculum covers six areas: knowing your strengths and developing as a leader, collaborative, ethical leadership in multicultural society, creating compelling vision and voice, promoting wellness and health, and transforming vision into results.

Sessions are held on Saturdays at Lipscomb University’s Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership. Each academy culminates with a graduation ceremony and serves as a lasting legacy of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four.  

Music City Girls Lead! is made possible by generous funding from Dee Anna Smith, CEO of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA and from the Nashville Organizing Committee for the NCAA Women’s Final Four.

Academy selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Participation and leadership demonstrated in academics and school activities
  • Referred by guidance counselor, parent, community, religious leader
  • Brief statement of why you want to attend MCGL!
  • Must agree to attend every session

You may submit nomination documents to civicleadership@lipscomb.edu or send to:

Nelson & Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership 
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204-3951

615.966.6155

Academy 10 dates coming soon!

Linda Peek Schacht's closing remarks at the Academy 6 Commencement