The Center for Leadership’s LEAD Program equips students with professional postgrad skills

Senior Rebekah Hackney gives advice to underclassmen

​This May, senior English literature major Rebekah Hackney will trade her acorn for a sapling and leave a legacy of leadership behind. Between her involvement in the Center for Leadership’s LEAD program, Elon’s symphony orchestra, and as a Resident Assistant and Periclean Scholar, Hackney has made her mark at Elon.


As a part of the 2012 Paricleans, she took part in their largest success in the planning of a Corporate Social Responsibility Conference in Pune, India surrounding women’s issues in India. The conference was held for rural non-profit organizations and corporations in order to encourage networking between the two.

The LEAD program has helped Hackney to more clearly identify the qualities and abilities within herself to become a leader.


“If you feel like you have leadership potential, I would encourage you to go for it,” Hackney said. “It is only going to help you reach your potential faster and at a higher level.”


Hackney’s time with the Center for Leadership at Elon has provided her with invaluable experience to use even after her time at Elon has come to an end.


“The Center for Leadership has helped me mature as a professional and as a leader much faster than I would have had I waited to do this professional development after I graduated,” she said.


LEAD is a program designed for students within all disciplines and aims to promote leadership development, recognition of authentic leadership, and inspiring students to engage in positive, social change.