Emerging Leader Program

For Research and Public Service

A special 6-week program for you to complete an original research project with guidance from top-tier professors while benefiting from college coaching, mentorship, and access to an unmatched community of students.

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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 in college? 
  • Frustrated by limited opportunities to drive your future forward?
  • Worried about the impact of the shutdowns on your college application or career?
  • Unsure of the next steps in the college application process? 


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

We have put together a special 6-week program to allow students like you to take advantage of this time to complete a project remotely while receiving access to expert guidance on your topic of choice AND for your college and career. 

For this program, you will invest time and energy diving deep into your passions in order to showcase your uniqueness and stand out as the obvious choice for that spot you’re vying for at your top choice college. 

Now you know that it will take more than stellar grades and test scores, long lists of extracurricular activities, and a few shining letters of recommendation to stand out from the crowd. 


You may be wondering:  

  • How to narrow down your interests and zero in on the right passion project for you
  • How to make important connections who can help 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.


Let the Emerging Leader Program open doors for you this September and beyond!

Program dates: September 21st -November 2nd

Application Deadline: September 15

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. 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.

The Emerging Leader Program is well respected for its rigorous academic and community standards. Sample mentor profiles include:


  • Yale University Dean 
  • University of Pennsylvania Professor of Anthropology 
  • Duke University Public Health graduate student
  • Medical doctor who specializes in OB/GYN and pediatrics

We work hard to leverage our network of contacts throughout elite colleges across the United States to pair you with someone extraordinary who is best positioned to facilitate your learning and growth.  In turn, we expect you to have a strong commitment to excellence and growth.

The Emerging Leader Program includes both a mentoring relationship and group sessions. These group sessions are designed to drive your college and career strategy forward.

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

We both know that the path to the Ivy League and top tier schools is steep and the competition is fierce. 

And, if you’re anything like I was when I applied, you’re probably feeling a tremendous amount of fear and anxiety around your college application. 

I know exactly how you feel. When I was applying to Ivy League schools, I was worried sick… literally (I even got pneumonia). 

You may be feeling paralyzed by fear, unable to make decisions. 

Or even worried that you’re not extraordinary enough to stand out against the competition and win a spot at your top college. 

And the worst part is, when fear and anxiety take over, it often leads to procrastination. 

Or making the wrong choices about what to pursue and when in order to increase your chances for acceptance. 

When fear is the driver, you’ll often find yourself pursuing too many things and grasping for straws, but those are rarely the right things. 

Don’t waste your time and effort pursuing the wrong things! 

The traditional path to top tier schools is no longer applicable. A new era has dawned and it’s time to adapt your strategy. 

I’ll let you in on an important secret. Colleges are not seeking “well-rounded students” they are seeking to build a “well-rounded class” of leaders.  

This means that it’s time to go deep into your interests, not broad. 

Our Emerging Leader Program gives you that edge in matching you to an in-depth passion project while supporting you through the college process. Most importantly, this experience is designed to help you create value in the world while maximizing your college application results.  


Program dates: September 21st -November 2nd


Application Deadline: September 15


We designed the Emerging Leader Program to help you make a greater impact on your future and the world!


During the 6-week program you can expect: 

Mandatory Meetings: Weekly Zoom meetings with Emerging Leader Program participants, faculty and staff 

You will also have at least 5 one-on-one meetings with your research mentor, scheduled at your mutual convenience, to cover the following:

  • Research timeline
  • Research 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


College Coaching Sessions
Each week, Dr. Legatt will lead college coaching sessions to cover the following topics.


College Acceptance Modules

Goal Setting.

Maybe you think you know what you’ve wanted to study and what schools you’ve wanted to attend.

In module 1, we’ll help you assess your strengths and weaknesses as a candidate and set realistic and attainable goals for majors and colleges. 

By the end of this module, you will set a timeline so that you can stay on track to completing critical college application milestones, including letters of recommendation, selecting your major, sending standardized test scores, and submitting supplemental materials.

Strategy Selection.

It’s not enough to pick your favorite college, you have to have a balanced and comprehensive list of college to assure you have a plan A, and plan B and a plan C for getting into your dream schools.

By the end of this module, you will learn how to research colleges and select reach, target, and safety schools. You will also have a plan to decide if and where to apply Early Decision I and Early Decision II. 

Personal Statement and Supplement Essays.
During this module, you’ll revise or begin your Common Application or Coalition Application essay. We’ll focus on helping you find and frame your story so you can create a strong emotional connection with admissions officers. In addition, you’ll work on your supplement essays.

By the end of this module, you will have a draft of your personal statement and at least one supplement essay. 

Activity list and resume.

This module is all about how to be short and sweet to make your accomplishments stand out.

For your college applications, you’ll need to present your activities efficiently and effectively (in 150 characters or less)! 

By the end of this module, you’ll have the resources and information you need to complete your list of accomplishments and create a stellar resume. 


Bonus Q&A 

We’ll have 3 open ended Q&A with Dr. Legatt to get your questions answered, get feedback on your application materials, and talk about your next steps.

College and Career Coaching Sessions College and Career Coaching

You have access to two career coaching sessions and a resume review.

Also included with this offer:

Ongoing access to Cialfo, a college planning software. Valued at $500! With Cialfo you’ll have access to:
  • The “Chance Your Admission” feature.
  • Document submission tracking.
  • Detailed reports and insights on: 
  • class profiles
  • student data
  • expected outcome
  • matriculation rates
Dr. Legatt’s coveted Ultimate College Application Template Bundle. Valued at $397!  Templates included:
  • Essay Planning Template
  • Activity List Tracker
  • Resume Template
  • Outreach Templates 
  • Scholarship List 
  • Common Application Resource Documen
The library of past recorded webinars, jam packed full of tips and advice to help you stand out against the competition. Valued at $597!
  • “How to Build Relationships with Admissions Officers”
  • “How to Prioritize Your Extracurricular Activities to Maximize Impact”
  • “How to Write a Phenomenal Supplement Essay” 
  • “LinkedIn, ZeeMee, and Social Media Strategy”

Post-Program Evaluation and Certificate

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 as well as a program certificate via postal mail.

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 help you create and refine your resume and gain clarity and expert guidance for your college and long term career goals. 

This dedicated, focused attention from a leading expert in the field of college admissions sets the Emerging Leader Program apart from the competition! This is your chance to get the support you need on your journey to college and beyond! 


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 six-week program will run from Monday, September 21 – Monday, November 2, 2020. 

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 $4997

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 
  • A paragraph answering the following: “What is your ideal internship? Why?” 
  • 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. All applications must be completed by September 15, 2020.

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 “accelerator” 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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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. There is no guarantee of placement if you apply. Program dates are September 21 - November 2, 2020. The program tuition is $4,997.00 due within one week if you are accepted.