LYL2019logo                                  Empowering the Next Generation of Female Leaders


                Rising 10th – 12th Grade Girls 

           June 16-22, 2019


The Summit is held at Western Carolina University where girls get to learn and grow in a college setting. During the week, we provide “high impact” wellness, empowerment and leadership experiences that support the girls in gaining the freedom, confidence and skills to live their highest and healthiest visions for themselves, their relationships, their community and their world, moving them forward with having the best chance of reaching their full potential, physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually and spiritually in school, career and life (no matter their previous challenges).


Director: Meg Hanshaw PhD has been working with high school girls since 1985 researching, developing, piloting and benchmarking empowerment and leadership programs in athletics and education. The culmination of this research and experience is the current LIVE YOUR LEGACY Leadership Summit for high school girls. The activities are designed to decrease their stress and increase their confidence and clarity about who they are, as well as, their decisions and plans for college, career, relationships, service, and a healthy and empowered life. 

Application Information Letter – Please read this before you apply!


Full Application –Hard Copy  

General Student Application  –Online Application 

Parent Application –   Online Application  

Teacher Recommendation  – Online Application

Scholarship Form  –  Online Application


FOR MORE INFO: We have webinars that will answer questions and inform girls and parents on scholarships and information about the Summit on Monday nights from 7:00-7:30pm beginning February through the end of May. Please join us!

Join Zoom Meeting

You can join without a video camera. Just download zoom on your computer or phone. Please text or call Dr. Meg Hanshaw if you are having challenges getting on the call.

Email for more info about how to join the webinar or anything else.  828-242-9067



Check out this video that the 2018 leaders did on their own at the Summit!


Our vision is a powerful one, -to lay the inner groundwork for YOU to BE YOURSELF & live a life of personal empowerment and positive well-being, living your highest and healthiest intentions, making the difference YOU want to make in the world.


AT OUR 1-of-a-kind, experiential OVERNIGHT WELLNESS, EMPOWERMENT & LEADERSHIP SUMMIT at Western Carolina University you will walk away with:

  1. How to turn your Passions and ideas into Action and step onto your path to a Career and Life that you Love.
  2. Knowing how to make Valuable Connections and Partnerships with others.
  3. Stepping out of your comfort zone and empowering yourself to move forward with what you want as a high-level leader no matter the challenge.
  4. Self-care practices you can use at home and at school to decrease stress and overwhelm.




We have found that the majority of high school and college students are stressed out about these things! Read our short white paper for more info on high school challenges.

  • The state of the world right now.
  • How they can truly make a difference bringing their unique gifts into the world.shutterstock_stress2
  • Knowing what career they want and choosing a major.
  • Applying for college.
  • Money and the debt they are afraid of.
  • Leaving home and starting a new way of life.
  • Making friends and fitting-in in college.
  • Their ability to speak to a group from the heart and feel heard.
  • Marketing themselves.
  • Being safe.
  • “Making it in life” – getting a job and making money.
  • Telling others about their challenges.
  • Asking for help for their challenges because they don’t think that asking for help will solve anything.
  • Stepping outside of their comfort zone.


WE ARE A COACHING and EMPOWERMENT COMPANY that sees each young person with her own unique gifts that when tapped into will pave the way to a fulfilled life. Research shows that PERSONAL and PROFESSIONAL COACHING improves a person’s self-awareness, self-responsibility, self-management skills, decision-making, resilience and subjective well-being.

Girls who attend The Summit receive high-level empowerment coaching throughout the week (1 certified coach for every 4 girls) and before and after the week of the Summit to support them in moving through the challenges listed above!

PARENTS also receive an information and group coaching session before and after the Summit to connect them to some of the skills their girls will experience and how to support them when they return home. 

Coaching increases feelings of personal EMPOWERMENT and helps build leadership skills so YOUR goals reflect who YOU really are.

Self-Coaching helps you get comfortable with setting personal boundaries with confidence and clarity and move forward with what you need and want connecting better with friends, with dating, and with co-workers.



We would love YOU to attend our exclusive week-long overnight Leadership Summit for 16 GIRLS and walk away feeling excited and more empowered about who you are NOW and about your future.




Camp dates: Sunday June 16, 2019, 11:00am to Saturday June 22, noon.

Costs: $1500  

Scholarships up to $1200 are available. PLEASE don’t hesitate to apply. The form is in the application packet.

LocationWestern Carolina University, Cullowhee NC





Summit Goals & Activities 

  • Take a personal inventory that brings to life your strengths, likes, dislikes and passions to decide a career or a career direction that fits your personality.


  • Learn a cutting-edge self-coaching and communication method called the WAVE Process® that helps you overcome stress and fear and move through challenges, form healthy relationships, and experience true well-being and success. 


  • Develop self-care and wellness practices to increase your energy so you feel good reaching your goals.


  • Lessen your fear of speaking out and leading.


  • Learn to be more healthy.


  • Practice communication, conflict resolution and team-building skills with friends you meet.


  • Take part in a TEAM Ropes Course and White Water Rafting/Floating trip, hiking, yoga, swimming and team games.


  • Enjoy a night with a bonfire, special empowerment activities, and drumming.


  • Determine what might keep you from the success you want and what to do about it.


  • Increase emotional intelligence and learn to set personal boundaries that help you communicate and form awesome relationships with friends and when dating…. as well as help you feel like you belong and can stay safe in college.


  • Move through your fears about school, life, success and leaving your home city.


  • Through the COACHING SCIENCE LENS (not therapy), explore what it means to truly love and accept yourself.


  • Collaborate together to form the guidelines of the camp to practice integrity, trust and self-responsibility.


  • Learn new definitions of health, happiness, and success that lowers stress and builds confidence and resilience to be yourself.


  • Gain clarity around your passions and purpose and learn how to vision map and take steps in reaching their college, career and life goals.


  • Design and present a purposeful impact project that sets you on a path for lifelong contribution. 


  • Graduates get their picture on our website and get the opportunity to lead a Legacy Club leadership activities at their school for other girls.



Calling adult women leaders! Interested in being a Coach or a Legacy Club Member for The Summit?

We want you! Go to our Legacy Club page to find out more.




Live Your Legacy Summit Coach and Legacy Club Interest Form

If you are interested in being a life/wellness coach at the Summit or you are interested in being a Women's Leader Mentor, please fill out this form. It does not commit you to anything.