CHARGE Emerging Leaders Program

CHARGE logoCHARGE is a foundational leadership program for first year and sophomore students. As part of the 10-week program students take various personal inventories and assessments, participate in small group action planning, attend a weekend retreat, and learn from campus and community leaders.


CHARGE is Wake Forest’s flagship program for student leadership development. Over the years many of the CHARGE student group proposals have been the catalyst for positive and concrete change at Wake Forest. If interested, contact Callie Sartain, Graduate Advisor for Leadership (

Mentor Information

Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have positive effects on other people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. CHARGE mentors guarantee that participants have someone who cares about them and are there to help them navigate life at Wake Forest. Mentors will have a small group of CHARGE participants to lead throughout their journey in the program. Your commitment will be to attend Leadership Labs with your group, attend weekly mentor meetings, assist with the facilitation of activities during the CHARGE retreat, and meet with your group members regularly.

Applications are available now and due September 15th. We encourage you to apply on The Link: .

Participant Information

CHARGE is designed to teach basic leadership principles and skills with special attention to how students might become more effective campus and community leaders.Participants include first and second year students who exhibit promising leadership potential and an interest in personal development. Your commitment as a participant will be to attend Leadership Labs with your group, attend the CHARGE retreat, and meet with your group members regularly.

The Participant application process will begin on October 16, 2017 and close on November 15, 2017. Applications will be available on The Link:

Student Directors

Ben Cochran

My name is Ben Cochran and I’m from Northwest Ohio. I am a senior Computer Science and Economics major. I am a Lambda Chi Alpha brother and big supporter of the Deacs! I love CHARGE because it has helped me grow into the leader I am today.

Ben Cochran - 2017 CHARGE student leader

Haleigh Monyek

I’m Haleigh Monyek, and I am so excited to be one of the directors this year! When I’m not teaching fifth grade as a student teacher this semester (#ElementaryEd), I love being a member of my sorority, Alpha Delta Pi (Boom boom!). CHARGE on!

Haleigh Monyek - 2017 CHARGE student leader

Allie Izzo

My name is Allie and I’m a senior at Wake Forest with a major in Sociology and concentration in Business, and two minors in Statistics and Entrepreneurship. Other than CHARGE, some of the other organizations I am involved in include the University Concert Choir and Kappa Alpha Theta, where I serve as the Chief Marketing Officer. This is my third year with CHARGE and I can’t wait for it to be the best one yet!

Allie Izzo - 2017 CHARGE student leader

Milka Tewolde

Hello, my name is Milka Tewolde and I am an Eritrean-American senior from Charlotte, NC. I’m a Sociology Major with Psychology minor and I’m the president of the Habesha Student Assoication and I’m the Vice President of the Minority Association and CHARGE director. CHARGE means so much to me because it’s helped me gain confidence in my communication skills! You should definitely join!!

Milka Tewolde - 2017 CHARGE student leader