Program Overview

The Marsha Weinstein Girls Leadership Institute is a place where girls unite to hone their inherent leadership potential, strengthen self-confidence, and forge formative relationships through an immersive curriculum developed by girls, for girls.

The space that the Girls Leadership Institute creates is one where students have the opportunity to discover what they do best, and to consider what it means to apply this learning to their future collegiate and professional pursuits.  Advocacy is a cornerstone of the experience, students gain an increased awareness of issues impacting their community while discovering and practicing the tools needed to ignite change.

Through the on-campus program at University of Louisville, students will learn directly from female activists, advocates, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professional experts whose insights will help to cultivate leadership through skills labs in areas such as public speaking, project management, and personal branding.  

Workshops, lectures, and guided conversations will yield transferable, real-world skills for students, enabling them to further develop as change agents in their communities while advancing women’s rights and representation.

Rising juniors and seniors in the Louisville area are encouraged to apply to the Institute, which will be held the week of July 6, 2020.  Applications will open on March 13, 2020.

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Rising juniors and seniors in Louisville and surrounding areas are encouraged to apply.


To further LGL's mission of serving all girls, the inaugural Marsha Weinstein Girls Leadership Institute is being offered free of charge thanks to the generosity of partners in the Marsha Weinstein Giving Circle, and other generous support from the community.

We would like to extend a huge thanks to our campus and programming partner, University of Louisville!



Program Dates:

Week of July 6, 2020

Application Deadline:


Candidate Notification:

May 2020


Who is Marsha Weinstein?

For 20 years Marsha Weinstein has been fearlessly driving the mission of Louisville Girls Leadership programming forward.  Her life work has focused on the quest of building viable communities supportive of women, girls and youth and in sharing our common history.  As the founder of Louisville Girls Leadership, she has impacted nearly 1,000 girls in the Louisville-area and is easily the most impactful influence in our programming each year.

Marsha received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and is a graduate of Leadership Kentucky. Her many passions include: leadership work on the Board of Directors of Kentucky Youth Advocates;  Founding President of Youthbuild Louisville; Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Women; Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of the USA; Founding President of the Alliance for Girls; Founder of Louisville Girls Leadership; ”Community Builder Fellow” with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development; Past President League of Women Voters of Louisville;  Co- Founder of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust; Founding President of the Patty and Mildred Hill Happy Birthday Park; and Secretary of the National Collaborative of Women’s History Sites. She was recognized by Leadership Louisville as a “Louisville Connector” and profiled in the book, 100 Fascinating Louisville Women.

Marsha Weinstein Giving Circle

Thank you to our generous supporters:

Susan Baker

Betty Carlton

Sondra & Craig Kurz

Rachel Roarx

Brandi Warren

Marsha & Gary Weinstein 

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the application process for the Marsha Weinstein Girls Leadership Summer Institute?

Rising juniors and seniors in Louisville, and surrounding areas, are encouraged to apply. We encourage students to apply as soon as possible. Space is limited.

Deadline: TBA. (Candidates will be notified in May 2020)

How would you describe a highly qualified participant?

The Summer Institute is looking for students who seek to hone their inherent leadership potential, strengthen self-confidence, and forge formative relationships through an immersive curriculum developed by girls, for girls.

Students are not required to have previous experience in leadership or advocacy (and those students who are already deeply immersed in leadership and advocacy will have a unique opportunity to deepen their skill-set and expand their network).

How much does it cost?

The Marsha Weinstein Girls Leadership Institute is being offered free of charge thanks to the generosity of partners in the Marsha Weinstein Giving Circle, and other generous support from the community.

How many students will be accepted to the Summer Institute?

At this time, the LGL plans to accept 45 qualified candidates to participate in the Institute.

Can current seniors apply to the Institute?

The Institute is designed for students entering their junior and senior years of high school. Current seniors should not apply to the Institute, but are welcome to express interest in a volunteer role.

When will I find out if I have been accepted to the Girls Leadership Institute?

Candidates will be notified via email in May and applicants will have approximately two weeks to accept.

Who can I contact with application or scholarship questions?

Please email if you have a question that is not answered above.


What does a typical day look like?

The Institute has an academically and socially rigorous program schedule that runs from 9am - 10pm daily. Students will participate in both large group and small group activities. Large group activities will include a combination of lectures, seminars, and key-note speakers organized and facilitated by Institute experts. Small group activities and discussions will be facilitated each day.

Where will the Institute take place?

Most programming and activities will take place at University of Louisville. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the surrounding neighborhood and participate in fields trips in the Louisville area.

Will students have unstructured time?

Students will have a limited amount of unstructured time during the day. Each evening, students will have free time to socialize with their peers at University of Louisville.

Can students leave the program during the week?

Students are discouraged from leaving tne program during the week. If necessary, students must submit a written request onw week prior to the date of requested leave. Not all requests will be approved. Any student found to have left the Institute without prior approval will be subject to immediate dismissal.

Will students have a curfew? Is there night security at the Institute?

All students must be in their rooms at the specified room check time. Each night, students are checked into their rooms by Institute staff members and trained University of Louisville Resident Assistants.

What are the rules of the Institute?

Safety and the well-being of the entire student body of the Institute is a top priority, and students must follow the rules outlined below at all times. Students found committing major infractions will be sent home.

  • Participants bringing illegal items to the institute (such as but not limited to: cigarettes, alcohol, non-prescribed medications, weapons, recreational drugs…)
  • Participants behaving in a threatening or disrespectful manner (in language or behavior)
  • Participants leaving the institute without informing a staff member first
  • Participants behaving in a manner dangerous to participants or Spalding University campus
Is there a dress code?

Generally, dress is informal. Please be sure to bring light, comfortable clothing. We also recommend that you pack a good pair of walking shoes for off-site visits. Students will have the opportunity to participate in 1-2 evening social activities (e.g. a dance or theater, the closing reception) where they may want to dress up.

Will students need their laptop or tablet during the program?

No, students will not need a laptop or tablet for academic programming. If students choose to bring electronics, students are responsible for their own devices and the Institute cannot be held responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Who should I contact with any questions or concerns before and during the Summer Institute?

For any concerns leading up to the Institute or while your child is at the Institute, please email

How do I volunteer to work at the Summer Institute?

To fill out a volunteer application click here.


Where do participants stay during the Institute?

Students will stay in a dormitory at University of Louisville.

How are students housed during the week?

There will be two students per room and each student will have their own bed. Students will be assigned a roommate; we do our best to house two students from different areas together. We do not permit roommate changes and our experienced staff is trained to mediate any concerns.

Can students submit roommate requests?

In an effort to simulate a true college learning experience, we typically do not accommodate roommate requests. You will meet your roommate when you arrive at the Institute.

I live in the area, can I stay at home?

No, all participants must stay at UofL to ensure a quality experience at the Summer Institute.


Is transportation provided for students to and from the Institute?

Transportation to and from the Institute can be arranged, please contact us for more information.

What about an allergy, dietary restriction, disability, or other special need?

Please email with a detailed description of your allergy, dietary restriction, or special need as soon as possible to ensure there is enough time to make accommodations.


How can I donate to the Summer Institute fund future scholarships and programming?

Donations can be made online using a credit card, debit card or electronic check here. Louisville Girls Leadership is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and our tax ID # is 13-4226789. Please consult your tax advisor to see if your contribution may be tax-deductible. Donations made to individuals are non-refundable.