Institute for Women in Leadership

Take the Lead

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High School Public Speaking Contest

Early Bird submission deadline:
Sunday 30 November 2014

Take One: Make a video.
Take Two: Do it Live.
Take Three: Win Free Tuition & Residence.

“The Take the Lead contest was the most influential day of my life. I feel like I gained so much just by attending – I met some of my best friends and felt so welcomed and accepted into the Brescia community.” Sarah Van Dusen, Take the Lead 2011 Winner

Prepare and submit a five-minute video of yourself giving a speech. For the first time ever, young women in Grades 11 and 12, from around the world, are encouraged to participate.

Speak about about past or present women who empower others through leadership on a large or small scale – from family member to celebrity –  the possibilities are endless!

A select panel of judges at Brescia will review and score all video submissions. If your video is chosen, you will be invited to come to campus on Saturday, March 28th to deliver your speech in person and to compete for free tuition and a room in residence.

Register here!

Hear more about the contest from past participants.

Brescia alumna speaks to Western News about career success after ‘Take the Lead’

Each contestant will also receive a certificate of participation and a gift. Participation in Take the Lead will be added to your co-curricular transcript should you choose to enroll at Brescia for your studies. Fall/winter academic tuition awarded based on the 2015-16 domestic student amount (approx. $7000).


Early Bird Submission Saturday, November 30th, 2014 Register and submit your video to qualify for $100 Lululemon gift card draw
Video submission deadline Monday, January 5th, 2015 Last day to register and submit video
Final Rounds at Brescia Saturday, March 28th, 2015 Live speech competition to compete for top three prizes

You can view the scorecard the judges’ panel will be using here.

If you have questions, view the answers to some FAQs or contact