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Emerging Leader Program

A special 2-month program for you to complete an original project with guidance from educators at top-tier universities at places like Duke, University of Pennsylvania, Yale  and Columbia University while accessing an unmatched community of students and mentors.

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Your ability to succeed hinges on your ability to distinguish yourself!

COVID-19 has disrupted your daily life, but don’t let it stop you from reaching your potential.  


Are you…

  • Hoping to make an impact, but aren’t sure how to distinguish yourself for the challenges that lay ahead? 
  • Frustrated by limited opportunities to drive your future forward?
  • Worried about the impact of the shutdowns on your college application or career?

Ivy Insight is pleased to offer an advantageous program featuring opportunities to create an original project and solve real-world challenges in a remote-based, connected community of young emerging leaders.

We have put together a special 2-month program to allow students like you to take advantage of this time to complete a project remotely from one of 95+ top experts at colleges like University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, MIT and Columbia University.


For this program, you will invest time and energy diving deep into your passions in order to showcase your uniqueness and be that stand out candidate. 


How Does the Emerging Leader Program Help With College Admissions and Your Admissions X-Factor?

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you’ve probably heard me use the term “Holistic Admissions” and you may have a pretty good understanding of what that means, but it really all comes down to this one idea:

Colleges don’t want well-rounded students, they want a well-rounded class!

As a college applicant you have your:

  • Metrics (GPA and scores)
  • Attributes (personal characteristics)
  • Experiences (leadership and service)

Each aspect of you helps to paint a picture of your unique strengths and talents, ultimately persuading admissions officers to admit you.

But this year, you may not have some of those metrics available. Maybe your standardized tests were canceled. Perhaps you didn’t perform your best due to the adjustments you were forced to make during online learning. Or everyone’s grades got inflated and now you’re just one of many “A” students.

Whatever the reason, most applicants will face a challenge when it comes to metrics representation this year.

This means your attributes and experiences will take center stage!

But you can’t be all things to all people and hope that you’ll make a positive impression!

You’ll have to make some difficult, yet critical, choices about where you should apply your focused time and efforts in order to create your college acceptance X-Factor! This “X-Factor” is what helps you to stand out above other applicants in highly-selective college admissions.

Your college acceptance X-Factor is a combination of your:


  • A special or noteworthy talent or quality; for example, your problem-solving abilities, your desire to help others, your incredible knowledge in one topic and a demonstrated record of that expertise


  • For example, a hurdle you overcame or an opportunity you took advantage of


  • Your ability to impact your peers, organizations, and communities in a meaningful and significant way such that many people benefit from your experience and expertise


There are many ways to create the X-Factor and it can look very different for every person. It’s important to take into consideration your specific interests, talents, and strengths when deciding where to apply yourself and how to invest your time during this pivotal year. 

    You may be wondering:  

    • How to narrow down your interests and zero in on your X-Factor
    • How to make important connections to make your project successful 
    • How to tie it all together and present your project in the best light possible to impress admissions officers 

    At Ivy Insight, we’ve worked hard to leverage our network of contacts and alliances to form strategic partnerships that will provide you with a bridge between your academic achievements and real-world experience and we’re using our years of admissions expertise to help you accelerate your success – no matter when you apply to college. We can even help you even if you are thinking about transferring, taking a gap year, or if college is a few years away.  


    Ready to find your X-Factor and create the impact you were born to make, despite Covid-19?

    Dr Legatt coaches two college students at The School of the New York Times.

    Dr. Aviva Legatt formerly directed the Worth Magazine-recognized #1 business pre-college program, Leadership in the Business World at The Wharton School. An in-demand leadership and college admissions speaker and respected expert with a fresh perspective, Dr. Legatt has been hailed by the New York Times, as a trustworthy expert on college admissions, and also recognized as an expert in corporate culture and diversity as a faculty member for Coursera and at the University of Pennsylvania. At The Wharton School, she previously served as Senior Associate Director of Admissions. Dr. Legatt is the author of “Get Real and Get In (St. Martin’s Press, 2021), which is an insider’s guide for students aiming for their college goals. Dr. Legatt has a column in Forbes, where she writes about issues affecting higher education today. By participating in the Emerging Leader Program you will work closely with Dr. Legatt to develop and refine your college and career strategy while strengthening your skills in networking, communication, and presentations.

    How It Works


    Submit your application below and if you’re qualified, we’ll contact you to explore your project goals and seek to match you to a top-tier mentor in our network of 95+ professors. Possible mentors include:

    • University of Pennsylvania professors of anthropology
    • Duke University Public Health graduate student
    • Medical doctor who specializes in OB/GYN and pediatrics

    Once you the program begins, you will take part in one-on-one mentoring sessions around your projects and group sessions designed to boost your X-Factor. In addition, you will have access to office hours with Dr. Aviva Legatt, executive coach and elite admissions expert, whose sessions are designed to help students achieve their goals for college and career.

    The program is conducted entirely online, removing location dependency or barriers to bring opportunities to students all over the world.

    Our Emerging Leader Program gives you that edge in matching you to an in-depth project that boosts your  X-Factor (comprised of eXperience, eXpertise, and eXponentialism). You’ll gain incredible access to one-to-one mentorship. Most importantly, this experience is designed to help you create value in the world while maximizing your success.


    You will also have 8 one-on-one meetings with your mentor, scheduled at your mutual convenience, to cover the following:

    • Timeline
    • Topic selection
    • Guidance to select relevant sources
    • Feedback and revisions on your work
    • Guidance on publication of your work
    • Next steps for success after the program concludes


    Post-Program Evaluation

    Upon your successful completion of all program requirements, which include attending program-sponsored meetings and completing written assignments, you will receive a final evaluation from your mentor. You can use this evaluation as a letter of recommendation for your college and career goals.

    The Emerging Leader Program is the catalyst for ultimate college and career success!


    As a participant in the Emerging Leader Program, you will have the unique opportunity to work one-on-one with Dr. Aviva Legatt, through scheduled office hours, to gain clarity and expert guidance for your college and long term career goals. You will also work with a mentor from a prestigious university like Duke or University of Pennsylvania to create your X-Factor that helps you make an incredible impact on the world while working toward your college and career goals.


    Ivy Insight has provided the perfect pandemic proof experience.  My child’s relationship with her mentor has been invaluable.  One of the most priceless pieces was the information she was able to gain from you, Dr. Legatt. Your advice gave her the chance to wrap her head around the process of applying to college and not doing it in a vacuum.

    –Parent, Emerging Leader Program Summer 2020

    “I’m grateful for my mentor because I was able to gain career and college advice that I could implement right away. The group sessions were really helpful and I gained great practice with networking and presenting. I’m so grateful to have picked up all of these skills before applying to college, thank you Dr. Legatt!

    –Student, Emerging Leader Program Summer 2020

    Frequently Asked Questions


    This unique program runs for 6 consecutive weeks and operates on a rolling admissions basis.

    Remote Location

    Remote-Located Research Program

    After evaluating your application and supporting data, we’ll place you in either a field that aligns best with your current abilities and interests and your future goals. 

    For the duration of the program, you will work remotely. To make this experience a success, you need to have access to reliable internet and be able to check and respond to email and text messages regularly.


    We accept applications from both high school and college students ages 14- 21.

    Tuition & Fees

    Both application and session fees are non-refundable investments. 

    Session fees include: all instructional programs, professional development activities, and program networking events.

    Tuition for the Emerging Leader Program is $6000.

    Application Requirements

    The Emerging Leader Program is an elite opportunity uniquely designed for hard-working, top tier students. Only the best applicants will be accepted into the program. Determinations will be made after careful review of the following materials: 


    • Personal contact information
    • An unofficial transcript
    • Resume or activity list 
    • Essay
    • If applying from outside of the United States will also be asked to submit their TOEFL English Competency scores or a letter of recommendation from their English teacher. 


    We employ a rolling admissions policy, placing qualified applicants into available spaces on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Selections will be made based on academic achievement, demonstrated interest in the requested field, and an authentic desire to maximize the program experience.

    After all required materials have been received, you will be notified of next steps within 7 business days. 

    Dr. Aviva Legatt

    Program Director

    Dr. Aviva Legatt is an elite admissions expert and founder of Ivy Insight, the gold standard in college admissions consulting for undergraduate elite college applications.

    An in-demand leadership and college admissions speaker and respected expert with a fresh perspective. Hailed by the New York Times, as a trustworthy expert on college admissions, and recognized as an expert in corporate culture and diversity as a faculty member for Coursera and at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Legatt has appeared in numerous news interviews and print articles.

    A faculty member in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania and at The Wharton School, teaching in-person and online through Coursera. Her courses on diversity and teamwork have reached thousands of learners and have been recognized by Poets & Quants as a “Best Business Course.”

    Dr. Legatt is the author of “Get Real and Get In (St. Martin’s Press, 2021), which is an insider’s guide for students aiming for their college goals.

    Dr. Legatt has a column in Forbes, writing about issues affecting higher education today. At Forbes, she’s had the honor of interviewing notables like Olympian Simone Biles, New York Times bestselling author Adam Grant, and Pitch Perfect producer, Deke Sharon.

    Education: Doctorate of Education – University of Pennsylvania; Masters of Science in Education– University of Pennsylvania; Bachelor of Music – New York University

    Dr. Legatt has been an amazing help throughout the difficult college process. Her expertise and careful review made my application resonate perfectly with the school that I am applying to. Her quick response and supportive attitude has made everything about this experience smooth and gratifying. I urge anyone striving to make their application outstanding to take full advantage of Dr. Legatt’s knowledge and judgement. Thank you Dr. Legatt!


    “Dr. Legatt has helped us formulate college application strategy, writing an effective resume and stand out college essay, as well as building relationships with admission officers. The program has effectively guided us on how to build a strong profile to stand out for admission to elite schools. With Dr. Legatt’s help and guidance, we have been able to focus on the right things through each stage of the college application process armed with the critical information.

    –Parent of Wharton M&T Student

    “With SAT scores around the 25th percentile of admitted students for Penn, I thought Wharton was a reach. However, with the help of Dr. Aviva I was able to refine my personal statement, supplement essay, and resume. I am now a proud member of the Wharton Undergraduate Class! Dr. Aviva was extremely responsive, insightful, and gracious through this process. She guided me in putting my best foot forward in my application and I could not be happier with my result. Thank you so much Dr. Aviva, you’re the best!”


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