Center for Leadership

Established in 1990, the Center for Leadership prepares students to assume leadership within their professions and communities, to lead innovation and change throughout their lives, and to be effective in a global society.
Leadership is not just a word at Columbia College; it is a fundamental value and a pervasive force throughout campus. Every student has an opportunity to learn about leadership, experiment with leadership, and experience leadership throughout their four years at Columbia College. Through our interactive portal, student can connect, grow, and document their leadership journey.

Columbia College has been recognized as a national leader in the field of leadership for women by the Kellogg Foundation and the Women’s College Coalition.


We work with students and the community to provide an outstanding series of outreach programs, seminars and networking events for women throughout South Carolina. Programs range from summer residential programs for high school girls to professional development workshops and an executive leadership program designed to propel women's presence, influence and power.
Through a highly-respected academic program and innovative leadership initiatives, The Leadership Institute is creating an outstanding legacy of leadership enhancement for women of all ages.


Group Coaching

Group Coaching for Professional Development – Limited to 20 participants. 
Find your own voices and learn to live your lives intentionally. Coaching allows you to identify obstacles and chart a course of purposeful change.  In this coaching group you will identify the results you want in your lives, establish achievable goals and action plans and move forward with encouragement, accountability and fresh perspectives.

Mentoring Program

The Leader2Leader Mentoring Program matches Columbia College students with women leader mentors across South Carolina, many of whom are alumnae of the College.

Become a Mentor

To become a mentor to a Columbia College undergraduate student or to learn how you can get involved with the Leadership Institute, call us at 803.786.3729 or email

Residential Summer Programs

Emerging Leaders, LEAD NOW, and Next Generation Leaders are residential summer programs offered during the summer institute to help rising high school students develop and practice the leadership skills necessary for success.

Student Success Leaders

Student Success Leaders are peer mentors that work one-on-one with students, aiding in their overall academic, social and professional success.

Their main responsibilities are as follows:

1. Help mentees to establish positive, personal relationships with their peers, instructors, as well as other community professionals.

2. Help mentees to obtain/maintain short and long term academic goal as well as to obtain effective life skills.

3. Assist mentees in accessing academic and college resources.

4. Assist students in developing appropriate interpersonal, study, and goal setting skills.

5. Enhance mentee’s ability to interact comfortably and productively with people/groups from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.