Shamrock Leadership Series - Spring 2023

The Shamrock Leadership Series (SLS) engages members of the Notre Dame community in creating and sustaining a culture of lifelong leadership development, training, and education. SLS seeks to empower students to become everyday leaders by facilitating and encouraging opportunities for the advancement of the mission of the University of Notre Dame through co-curricular learning, intentional engagement, self-reflection, and professional development. This program seeks to create leadership in excellence through the transformative experience of the SLS.

Check out this year’s programs! 

Shamrock Leadership Series Book Club

Dive into developing your leadership skills this Winter Break with the Shamrock Leadership Series Book Club. Participants will be reading Grit by Angela Duckworth over the break and upon return to campus in the Spring Semester, the cohort will gather in critical group discussions about their thoughts, points, interpretations, and research highlighted in the book. It will be a space for open-dialogue to ask questions and dig deeper into the guided content with peers. 

Grit by Angela Duckworth speaks about the definition of grit in combination of passion for a goal and perseverance to achieve it through statistical data and narratives. Duckworth explains how the amount of grit a person has is determined by genetics and life experience, but how it can be increased by taking steps.

Dates: January 18th and 25th & February 1st, 2023
Time: 7:00pm- 8:15pm
Location: Duncan Student Center 
Open to ALL Students

Submit your application to the Shamrock Leadership Series Book Club today! 
Deadline for applications is Monday, November 28th, 2022 at 11:59pm.

First-Year Institute 2023

The Student Activities Office (SAO) hosts this premier leadership seminar each Spring exclusively for first-year students. We search for enthusiastic First-Year students that are seeking to strengthen and expand their capacity for leadership. You can expect to connect with peer leaders, hear from prominent leaders in the field, and develop your leadership skills.

The First-Year Institute is the foundational course of the Student Activities Office’s Shamrock Leadership Series, focusing on individual leadership skills. Students will learn to identify, strengthen, and expand their capacity for leadership within the framework of the University of Notre Dame’s Catholic teachings and legacy.


  1. Intrapersonal Development & Competence: Utilizing 16 Personalities and Clifton Strengths for Students by Don Clifton, students will identify and articulate personal strengths and areas for growth and self-exploration. 
  2. Leadership Acquisition and Application: Through curated presentations on leadership theories, experiences, and empirical research students will discuss the importance of personal and leadership development through values building and skill practice. 
  3. Social Responsibility: Integrate the university’s mission with Catholic Social Teaching and connect its application to individual strengths.

Dates: March 22nd, 29th & April 5th, 12th, 2023
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Varies per week 

Applications will open on Tuesday, January 17th, 2023, so mark your calendar!

If you have any questions about the Shamrock Leadership Series, please contact Alejandra Gonzalez-Galan at