Mount Holyoke students pose in front of the U.S. Capitol

Weissman Center for Leadership

Celebrating 20+ years of inspiring transformational leaders

We know that persistent problems demand breakthrough solutions — led by those with the courage to see past traditional borders and boundaries. At the Weissman Center for Leadership, we empower students, faculty and staff with the skills and supports to think openly, engage deeply and go forward boldly. From courses and workshops to internships and public events, we connect people to the resources and relationships they need to find their own path and make their mark on their communities and the world.

Core programs

Explore and expand your leadership capacities through internships, courses, mentoring, and networking opportunities that span our core programs.

Mona Sutphen ’89 with Sriya Pradham ’19

Explore careers and opportunities in public service at the local, national and international levels to deepen your impact.

Students collaborating on a project

Sharpen your speaking and writing skills to craft persuasive communications that inspire people to action.

A group of students who worked at the Food Bank

Collaborate with community organizations to address today’s most pressing social causes.

Campus Voices

The Weissman Center in action

Signature events

Collage of student presenters at Senior Symposium

Seniors share the projects, scholarly research, and intellectual passions that demonstrates depth of research and analysis during their senior year.

Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen: An American Lyric” received numerous awards when it was published in 2014.

Public presentations by scholars, artists, writers, and practitioners that engage the academic work of the college with the public sphere.

The Weissman Center brings the world to Mount Holyoke College

The Weissman Center hosts renowned leaders on a variety of topics for invigorating and informed lectures, debate, and dialogue. Join us each semester for public talks and other events that invite us all to think independently and analytically about contemporary and historical issues that have public, national, and global implications. These events provide invaluable opportunities to be in direct and meaningful dialogue with pioneers in politics, business, academia, advocacy, sports, and the arts. 

Upcoming events

The events in this list are either being hosted or co-sponsored by the Weissman Center for Leadership.

Happening at Mount Holyoke

The Weissman Center in the news

More than 100 seniors presented their research to peers, supporters and friends as senior symposium returned to campus.

Data collected by Mount Holyoke students has shown a major policy flaw in a program originally meant to fight housing blight.

Mount Holyoke students interested in careers in public service got pointers from alums and San Juan’s former mayor.

History of the Weissman Center

The Weissman Center for Leadership was established in 1999 to support students, faculty, and staff in the development of leadership skills inside and outside the classroom. Our work is guided by four over-arching themes:

  1. Inspiration sparked by public events with renowned guest speakers
  2. Capacity-building to develop skills and confidence through leadership courses, experiential learning, conferences, and trainings
  3. Mentoring and networking on campus and across nonprofit, public service, and business realms to promote opportunities for professional success
  4. Reflection and discovery, the foundation for perpetual leadership growth.
Harriet and Paul Weissman at the dedication of the Weissman Center
Harriet and Paul Weissman at the dedication

The Weissman Center was established in 1999 through a generous gift from Harriet Levine Weissman ’58 and her husband, Paul M. Weissman. The College’s Center for Leadership and Public Interest Advocacy merged at that time with the Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program and became the Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership.

Weissman Center staff

Department Head(s)

Christopher Benfey

  • Acting Director of the Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center and Professor Emeritus of English

Amy E. Martin

  • Director of the Weissman Center for Leadership
  • Professor of English on the Emma B. Kennedy Foundation
  • on leave 2022-2023


Elisha Bonilla

  • CBL Program Coordinator for the Weissman Center for Leadership

Lydia Malone

  • Associate Director, Weissman Center for Leadership

Lisa Raine

  • Financial Analyst, Weissman Center for Leadership, Miller Worley Center for the Environment and Sustainability

Contact Us

The Weissman Center is dedicated to supporting students in developing the skills and strategies they need to become inspiring and effective leaders.

  • Associate Director, Weissman Center for Leadership