L.E.O. Program

Blending traditional liberal arts and real-world education

The Mount is thrilled to be the second school in the state, and the first all girls school, to be chosen for the L.E.O. Program. Working to blend traditional liberal arts with innovative, real-world educational opportunities, the Mount not only focuses on college prep but career readiness as well. 

The LEO program is a two-year intensive, taught by faculty, business experts and professional entrepreneurs, encompassing the full life cycle of creating a business or product from ideation to launch, with the focus on leadership, entrepreneurship, and opportunities.

The LEO Program is a two year commitment during the junior and senior years. This program is designed to create business-minded leaders and entrepreneurs. It is an intensive program that is designed to get students excited about becoming entrepreneurs by giving them the opportunity to create and fully develop their own product or service.

Real-world entrepreneurs and business experts will serve as coaches and mentors guiding student teams through the process of ideation, market research, and business plan development. In addition, lectures will be given by leaders of business and/or government covering a variety of business topics.

Over the course of the year, student teams will learn about marketing, accounting, as well as the legal aspects of starting a business. They will have access to a network of professionals to further develop their skills (teamwork, problem solving, presentation, communication) for college and career readiness. Pitch week helps to further fire the entrepreneurial spirit by putting student teams in front of actual investors so they can pitch their innovative idea to win funding and turn it into an actual business.

Students must earn acceptance into the program program by the LEO Foundation and approval by the Dean of Academics.

Core Tenants

The L.E.O. Program, an innovative and interactive business curriculum with the core tenants of “Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Opportunity” is an intensive classroom instruction on a wide range of business topics and is enhanced by interactive panel discussions with current business and government leaders. 

Summer Leadership Program in Washington, DC

The participating students will have the opportunity to attend the L.E.O. Program’s Summer Leadership Conference at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, as well as other off-site learning experiences.

Application

As part of the curriculum at the Mount, interested students entering their junior year will take part in a comprehensive application process, complete with a professional resume and extensive interviewing, in hopes of securing one of the available seats in the course. The program is in its third year at Don Bosco Preparatory School in Ramsey, and has attained a strong footing since its inception in 2017.

In Memory

The L.E.O. program was created in honor and memory of Leonidas “Leo” Vagias, who was tragically killed in car accident, alongside his friend Samuel Cali, in 2016. Leo was a Don Bosco alumnus, and brother of Alexandra Vagias '18.