Aspiring Leader Programs

Leadership Development for High School Students

As a young adult, developing a sense of identity and forming new ideas and opinions is critical to being more independent and self-reliant. Successfully interacting with peers, teachers, coaches and family can often present its own challenges. By growing in self-awareness and improving communication skills and mindsets, aspiring leaders will become more confident, competent and capable, unlocking their full potential as leaders. 

Discovering the Leader in You

The Aspiring Leader Series includes four, six-session programs, Communication I, Communication II, Leading Yourself, and Leading Others. Whether you are interested in joining one of our virtual open programs or bringing these programs to your school, reach out to our Educational Program Manager, Jen Walls, at jen.walls@nallyventures.com to learn more.

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Programs

Leading Yourself (Grades 9 - 12)

  • Session 1: What is leadership?
  • Session 2: Reframing Your Mindset
  • Session 3: Unpacking Emotional Intelligence
  • Session 4: Understanding & Managing Stress
  • Session 5: Taking Accountability
  • Session 6: Personal Goal Setting

Communication I (Grades 8 - 9)

  • Session 1: Foundations of Communication
  • Session 2: Communication Breakdowns
  • Session 3: Mindful Connections
  • Session 4: Active Listening & Thoughtful Questioning
  • Session 5: Written Communication
  • Session 6: Building Presentation Skills

Leading Others (Grades 9 - 12)

  • Session 1: Be a Good Follower
  • Session 2: Effective Problem-Solving
  • Session 3: Personal Conflict Resolution
  • Session 4: It's Time to Manage Your Time
  • Session 5: Motivating Yourself & Others
  • Session 6: Effective Planning & Delegation

Communication II (Grades 10 - 12)

  • Session 1: Owning Communication Breakdowns
  • Session 2: Sparking Mindful Connections
  • Session 3: Introduction to Temperaments
  • Session 4: Speaking Someone Else's Temperament Language
  • Session 5: Engaging in Tough Conversations
  • Session 6: Leading the Conversation
Student & Parent Feedback

 

"After participating in one of Nally Venture's Aspiring Leader Programs, my son began to step out of his comfort zone and get more involved in his school and community. He even went on to be recognized by the Metropolitan Magazine as a local student leader later that year. I can certainly say without a doubt that their leadership program was surely instrumental in shaping his senior year." - Brigit Taylor, General Manager of Keller Williams DE and MD, and Parent of Program Graduate 

"This training helped me open a new perspective on leadership. At first, I thought that being a leader was simply a title that is given, but throughout the program, I've concluded that being a leader is more than just a title." - High School Sophomore, Program Graduate 

"I definitely already see myself putting these lessons into action. Moving forward I'm going to continue doing a lot of self-awareness and taking accountability in certain situations as well as bettering myself so I can be better for others." - High School Junior, Program Graduate 

 

Meet The Team 
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Mike Nally, Founder & CEO of Nally Ventures

    • 30 years of experience as a Leadership Coach
    • Spent 15 years in corporate and real estate environments, ascending to multiple corporate executive positions
    • Former Army Ranger
    • B.A. in Military History from University of Maryland
    • M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University
    • Serves as a board member for multiple local non-profit organizations
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Jen Walls, Program Director

    • Program Leader for Aspiring Leader Programs
    • Curriculum developer, facilitator, and administrative support for Adult Training Programs
    • Certified Secondary Educator
    • B.A. in History from Washington College
    • Marketing consultant and content developer

 

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Bottom-Line Perspectives

People want to excel and be the best version of themselves. We take pride in giving them transformative insights and practical tools to develop personally and professionally, so their organizations can benefit as well.

"Any time we're in session training, the thing that I like the most is the time we spend applying training concepts to specifically the issues that we have. As an executive coach, Mike is able to take the complicated and turn it to the simple."

Rebecca Shimkus

COO, Commonwealth Trust

"The Birkman was frighteningly accurate. Also, the results were absolutely non-judgmental in approach; important for the subject to objectively review the results for maximum personal benefit."

Chuck Derickson

Engineering Project Manager, ALOFT AeroArchitects

"I really liked working together with our management team in these sessions. It has helped the entire team to open up about the issues they face, offering solutions and common experiences. The sessions have also created a new level of accountability and opened communication among the team, which has helped us determine when we need to pivot and reassess versus when we need to realign our thinking."

Cindy Brown

President, Commonwealth Trust

"Any time we're in session training, the thing that I like the most is the time we spend applying training concepts to specifically the issues that we have. As an executive coach, Mike is able to take the complicated and turn it to the simple."

Rebecca Shimkus

COO, Commonwealth Trust

"The Birkman was frighteningly accurate. Also, the results were absolutely non-judgmental in approach; important for the subject to objectively review the results for maximum personal benefit."

Chuck Derickson

Engineering Project Manager, ALOFT AeroArchitects

"I really liked working together with our management team in these sessions. It has helped the entire team to open up about the issues they face, offering solutions and common experiences. The sessions have also created a new level of accountability and opened communication among the team, which has helped us determine when we need to pivot and reassess versus when we need to realign our thinking." 

Cindy Brown 

President, Commonwealth Trust

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