Leadership Institute at Harvard College FLI is a conference for high school students, aspiring to be leaders in their current roles or in their future college and career endeavors. Through workshops and keynote speeches from renowned leaders that will expose students to different fields of interest, we portray different styles of leadership and train students to have the potential and confidence to lead in their communities. With workshops and speakers ranging from areas of technology, business, engineering, to politics, students will gain an insight of what leadership in each field entails. Workshops are led by student leaders with the experience of running organizations at Harvard University. To help with college preparation, we have also included a workshop on the college admissions process.

Past speakers and workshop hosts at FLI have included:

  • Lindsay Hyde, Founder and President of Strong Women, Strong Girls, Inc.
  • Syon Bhanot, Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School
  • Jared Katseff, Manager at Bloomberg Associates and Harvard Business School graduate
  • Bojan Mandaric, Co-Founder of November Project
  • The Institute of Politics at Harvard University, www.iop.harvard.edu
  • Harvard College Venture Partners, www.harvardventures.org
  • Harvard College Consulting Group, www.harvardconsulting.org
  • Harvard Model United Nations, www.harvardmun.org
  • Harvard College Engineers Without Borders, projects.iq.harvard.edu/ewb/home

And more!

Our mission is to inspire and empower high school students with valuable leadership skills and knowledge. Students will leave the conference with a broader knowledge of different career paths they can pursue, of different leadership styles in the respective fields, and a better understanding of their own personal leadership skills.

Conference Details
Date: October 29th, 2016
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: Organization Center at Hilles, Harvard University, 59 Shepard Street, Cambridge
Expected audience size: 110+ students
Eligibility: High School Seniors, Juniors, & Sophomores
Participants are chosen through an application process. Application opens on September 16, 2016 and closes October 16, 2016. Early Bird deadline October 6, 2016
Apply at https://goo.gl/forms/Thu2tmAUzQKeVTFg2

Program Dues
Program dues cover the cost of continental breakfast, catered lunch, conference content: all copyrighted workshop materials, speakers, venue, merchandise, and more.

  • Regular price: $65, includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and conference materials.
  • Early Bird price: $50, apply by October 6
  • Limited financial aid available on case-by-case basis. Please indicate in your application if you qualify.
  • Accepted applicants will be expected to pay program dues by October 20, 2016 via PayPal


Early Bird Application Deadline:   October 6, 2016
Regular Application Deadline:   October 16, 2016
Payment Due:   October 20, 2016
Conference:   October 29, 2016
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If you have any questions about the conference, feel free to email us at FLI@harvardleaders.org.

Benefits for Participants Include:

  • Free copies of workshop materials and publications
  • Ability to put 2016 FLI Attendee on resumé for college application
  • Exclusive opportunity to network with and ask advice from Harvard’s most prominent student leaders
  • Early advice on the college admissions process from Harvard College students
  • Get a Harvard student mentor who can give you guidance on the college admissions process
  • Access to renowned keynote speakers. Our organization’s past keynote speakers include David Gergen, Editor-at-large for U.S. News and World Report and the Senior Political Analyst for CNN, Ray Mabus, US Secretary of the Navy, Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School, George Bennet, co-founder of Bain Consulting, Andre Agassi, professional tennis player.
  • Free FLI merchandise
  • Exclusive access to network with and join an online forum of other high school leaders in the country
  • Fun socializing activities
  • Visit to Harvard University student facility

Transportation costs and means of transportation to Cambridge, Massachusetts are the responsibility of the conference participants.

Since the conference is a one-day conference, from 9am-5pm, housing will not be provided for conference participants. We understand that some conference participants may choose to stay in Boston/Cambridge for sightseeing or touring Harvard. We encourage participants to contact high school alumni that currently attend Harvard and kindly ask them to host the participant, or check out nearby hotels around Harvard.