The Leadership Institute

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The Leadership Institute is a three-day leadership immersion program for 101 of the best chapter leaders at SVA that takes place at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It is sponsored by Prudential and includes volunteer participation by their employees during the program. This year proudly marks SVA’s 7th Annual Leadership Institute.


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SVA CEO  Jared Lyon and VP of Government of Affairs  Lauren Augustine (centered front row) pictured with the Leadership Institute Class of 2018, mentors, and staff.


The Purpose of SVA’s Leadership Institute 

Identified as leaders in their SVA chapters, campuses, and communities, participants will be coached by mentors on the importance of leadership behavior, personal branding, how to deliver results, and fostering relationships. Mentors include SVA alumni with at least 10 years of professional experience and guest speakers include leaders in higher education, government, veteran organizations, and business. 

After participating in the Leadership Institute, each chapter leader will be ready to more effectively lead student veterans, work with faculty and university leadership, and engage with their communities. They will gain knowledge of SVA's narrative of success which promotes the next “greatest generation” of American leadership. Each graduate will establish ongoing support through a network during the rest of their academic life and as they begin their careers. Each will: 


  • Know their most impactful personal value set much better. 
  • Have a significantly increased understanding of how personal values directly support and reinforce their leadership ethos. 
  • Have a defined personal leadership vision that directly supports the "why" behind their ethos. 
  • Have a defined action plan to see their vision come to fruition. 
  • Have an established and ongoing support and follow-up framework to ensure they can communicate with fellow participants, facilitators, and thought leaders as necessary. 


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Leadership Institute Class of 2018 pictured with mentors and staff at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC.


About the 2018 Leadership Institute Cohort 

The most diverse and academically successful class in SVA’s decade of service, a majority are elected chapter presidents and the average GPA of the class is 3.42. Thirty percent are women, compared to 16 percent who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces and 26 percent of all student veterans. Many are majoring in in-demand fields at top Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) including 10 from Ivy League schools and 38 from U.S. News & World Report top 100 public IHLs. This year's class are majoring in fields such as Business Administration, Engineering, and Astrophysics.  


Each chapter leader chosen for the Leadership Institute exhibited the following qualities and virtues of character:  


  • Has a Propensity for Learning – Dedicated life-long learner who recognizes the need to sharpen their skills in not only in leadership but all walks of life. 
  • Is Open to New ideas – Receptive to discussing and adopting new concepts and leadership philosophies, even when they may challenge their own. 
  • Values Collaboration – Believes strongly in working as a member of a team and adopting a mentality which is conducive to collaboration and sharing of responsibility.


Congratulations to SVA’s Leadership Institute Class of 2018

For questions or to learn more about the Leadership Institute, or other SVA related leadership training, please call us at (202) 223 – 4710 Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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