On June 2-3, J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development faculty members Janet Rechtman and Brandy Walker facilitated the opening retreat for Graduate Scholars LEAD (Leadership, Engagement and Development), a three-year program funded by the National Science Foundation. This partnership with UGA’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) focused graduate programs will provide leadership development and practical applications for three cohorts of entering doctoral students, starting with an eight-week Leadership Academy in summer 2016. In fall semester, GS LEAD participants will complete an academic course during which they will apply what they learned over the summer to address a leadership challenge of interest to the class.