...To transform “retired” leaders into inspired leaders

If you are a person who has completed an accomplished career in business, public service, education, or any other profession and you are ready to take on a new challenge at a special university that offers unlimited opportunities to help you learn and grow intellectually, culturally, spiritually, and physically, Notre Dame’s Inspired Leadership Initiative may be the perfect next step in your life.

The Inspired Leadership Initiative was developed for accomplished leaders from all walks of life so that they may attend Notre Dame for a one-year program to discern and then launch the next phase of their lives as a renewed and richly prepared force for good in their communities and beyond. It was itself inspired by the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University and the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University. Just as these pioneering programs reflect the culture of their host university, so also will the Inspired Leadership Initiative distinctively reflect the University of Notre Dame and its rich traditions.

Enrolling its first class in early 2018, the program will provide selected fellows (and their spouses or life partners, if desired) the opportunity to access Notre Dame’s world-class resources and its rich intellectual and spiritual tradition, both on its main campus and globally. With guidance and support from faculty advisors, fellows will first discern and then select a desired pathway of study and then take courses from across the entire University that best fit their areas of interest.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

“Many highly accomplished leaders reach a stage in their lives when they wish to find new ways to be forces for good in their communities and in the wider world. This program will serve as a catalyst for intellectual challenge, spiritual growth, and discernment about sharing their gifts in the next chapter of their lives.” —Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame President

Thomas G. Burish

“We will expose fellows to Notre Dame’s rich academic environment as they discern the next stage of their lives, and enable them to explore the issues and fundamental normative questions that are important to them. They will enrich our campus community with their vast knowledge, experience, and relationships.” —Thomas G. Burish, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost