The Sue Shear Leadership Academy is an intensive week-long residential leadership development program designed to inspire civic engagement and encourage women’s public sector leadership. This program was originally sponsored by the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life in 1998 and transitioned to UMSL’s College of Education (COE) in 2019. The Sue Shear Leadership Academy program was developed in partnership with the NEW Leadership™ National Network. NEW Leadership™ is a national non-partisan program developed by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University to educate the next generation of women for public leadership. The residential NEW Leadership™ summer institute brings together college women from across the political spectrum to discuss the roles of women in leadership and politics. Participants gain leadership skills as they are exposed to new ideas and opportunities and consider their future careers. Students develop and hone leadership skills, discover new ideas and opportunities, and consider how they can incorporate public leadership into their future plans.