Peak Performance and Leadership Academy


2022-2023 Programming:
Focusing on Unity and Connection, Career Development, and Leading Through Adversity


Programming Opportunities


Conflict Resolution Workshops

For: Sophomore and Junior Student-Athletes
Date Options:

  • Thursday, January 26th from 4:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. in the Great Room (Blanchard)
  • Monday, March 6th from 4:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. in the Great Room (Blanchard)

Event Registration: REGISTER HERE
Event Details: This workshop is an opportunity to learn directly from an expert, Vivian Hsu, MHC's ombudsperson. The workshop will provide insight into tools navigating conflict and having difficult conversations.


DiSC Workshops

For: Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Student-Athletes
Date Options: (riding and squash student-athletes must attend the January workshop):
  • Sunday, January 22nd from 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the Willits Hallowell Conference Center at MHC
  • Thursday, February 9th from 4:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. at the Willits Hallowell Conference Center at MHC (facilitated by an NCAA representative)

Event Registration: REGISTER HERE by January 6th
Event Details: DiSC is a behavioral assessment that provides a personality profile. This workshop will provide the opportunity to analyze your own behavioral and personality traits and provide ways to improve communication, cooperation, and overall effectiveness with those who have both similar and different personality profiles.

*Following registration, student-athletes will recieve information to complete a DiSC assessment prior to the workshop.

Leveraging your Athletic Experience - A Transferable Skills Working Session for Student-Athletes
For: Junor and Senior Student-Athletes
Date Options:

  • Thursday, December 1st from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Great Room (Blanchard)
  • Monday, February 27th from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Great Room (Blanchard)

Event Registration (via Handshake): REGISTER HERE for December 1st and HERE for February 27th.
Event Details: Wondering how to identify or describe the leadership and other skills you've gained from your athletics experience? Come away from this workshop knowing the skills you gained on the field, on the court, on the water, or in the pool that are relevant to employers and graduate schools - and how to begin articulating them for impact in your applications! Kelly Woods, a former student-athlete and Associate Director in the Career Development Center will facilitate this session.


Transition to Career for Senior Student-Athletes

For: Senior Student-Athletes

  • Sunday, February 26th from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (followed by a networking reception)

Event Registraton: REGISTER HERE
Location: Willits Hallowell Conference Center at MHC 
Event Details: The transition to career event for senior student-athletes will feature a student-athlete alum panel on transition strategies and an opportunity for discussion with Mount Holyoke student-athlete alums. The networking reception will follow the event and include appetizers. Student-athletes should come professionally dressed and brining resume copies is suggested.


Community Engagement and Service Opportunities

Girls Inc.: Interested in volunteering with Girls Inc.? Throughout the year there are opportunities for short-term or long-term mentorship on various topics, paid and volunteer jobs/internships, and full-day or partial day engagement when the girls visit the MHC campus or student-athletes visit Girls Inc. on site. For details or to express interest, please contact Erica Lemm at

Annual Spirit of Giving Toy Drive: SIGN-UP HERE to sponsor a child this upcoming season or express interest in being contacted for future toy drives.

Athletics Littles and Bigs Program: Interested in being a little or big of a student-athlete on another team? This is an opportunity for the development of relationships and mentorship between first-year and junior student-athletes. This is a great way to meet and support student-athletes on other teams. SIGN-UP HERE to become a little or big for 2022-23! 




International Opportunity: Coach for College

Interested in coaching and teaching in Vietnam during the summer? Selected individuals spend three weeks working with other US and Vietnamese undergraduate students teaching and coaching secondary school  students.

The deadline to apply for Summer 2023 is January 15th. Contact Erica at for more information or to apply.

Has the deadline for this summer past or are you interested in participating in future summers? Let us know HERE to be connected for future international programs.

Other programming opportunities... 


Student-Athlete Leadership Team (SALT):

SALT brings together captains and team leaders approximately every three weeks for camaraderie, support, and development pertaining to their role as a team leader and/or captain. Meeting invitations and details are sent directly to members. Additional information and the link to the SALT page can be found above. 

Athlete Empowerment Coalition (AEC):

The AEC, made up of student-athletes who identify as first-generation college students and/or students of color, gathers regularly to build relationships, support shared challenges, and discuss diversity and inclusion initiatives. Student-athletes (club and varsity) may sign up at any time to join the group here. Additional information and the link to the AEC page can be found above.

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)

SAAC, made up of two representatives for each varsity team as well as an exectutive board of student-athletes elected by their peers, meets every other week in addition to subcommittee meetings, as needed. Additional information and the link to the SAAC page can be found above. Student-athletes are welcome to contact their SAAC representatives at any time to voice concerns and ideas.


Coming Soon...

Stay tuned. Programming related to wellness, diversity and inclusion, and leadership is coming soon. 


"Launching the Peak Performance and Leadership Academy highlights the emphasis Mount Holyoke College continues to place on the complete development of student-athletes and their experience. We believe every student-athlete is a leader no matter the role they play on their team. This is why we offer programming for every single student-athlete highlighting the areas of performance, wellness, leadership, community, and career development. Our student-athletes in team leadership roles also receive development pertaining to their specific responsibilities as captains and team representatives. 
At Mount Holyoke there's a special emphasis placed on unity and connection as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion as part of our community and leadership programming. This emphasis continues to strengthen our community and lay the groundwork for the continuation of important dialogues. 
This holistic approach to developing student-athletes as leaders on campus, on their teams, within their communities, and as professionals prepares them effectively for post graduation opportunities and sets them apart from other young professionals and graduate students."
Erica Lemm
Senior Associate Director of Athletics