The National Leadership Academies supports America’s high-achieving high school and undergraduate college students through career and focus-area programs and services.

The National Leadership Academies was founded on the belief that a strong emotional intelligence is the cornerstone of student success and is committed to supporting students in its development. The National Leadership Academies also recognizes that we must identify prospective talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of vital careers as leaders and in the fields of medicine, the sciences, technology, engineering, and math.

The National Leadership Academies is proud to support New Charter University’s Congress of Future Medical Leaders. After creating the Congress for high-achieving high school students in 2013, The National Leadership Academies transferred ownership of the Congress to New Charter University in 2018 and now provides support to New Charter University in the delivery of these career-defining experiences. More information is available here.

The National Leadership Academies pays taxes, accepts no taxpayer assistance or private subsidies, and is completely self-sustaining through tuition from academic programs.


Richard Rossi

Richard Rossi

Richard Rossi currently serves as President and Executive Director of The National Leadership Academies.

Mr. Rossi is a co-founder of two of the world’s largest and most prestigious enrichment programs for high-achieving students.

In the 26 years of Mr. Rossi’s guidance, more than 640,000 primary, middle, secondary school, and college students from more than 118 countries have attended these academic programs focusing on leadership and career development. These programs were designed to honor, inspire and motivate the nation’s most promising future leaders.

In 2009, Mr. Rossi co-created one of the largest gatherings of high-achieving youth in Washington, D.C., history: 15,300 high-achieving young men and women who came together to experience the historic nature of President Obama’s first inauguration.

Mr. Rossi also serves on the Board of Directors of Pinnacle Care, a prominent private health advisory company in Baltimore, Maryland.

Mr. Rossi now devotes himself to FutureDocs Abroad, FutureVets, and other academic programs on a full-time basis.


Anna Rossi

Anna Rossi is an event director, producer and creator of top-tier global experiences. For over a decade, her touch has transformed gatherings into moments of life-impacting significance. Anna’s versatility and experience are her hallmarks.

Each summer, Anna helms five programs over two-week durations, welcoming hundreds of top-achieving teenagers across three continents. Europe, Asia, and Africa have all been host to her signature educational adventures.

What sets Anna apart is her calm intensity under the pressure of execution. She fiercely protects the integrity of her programs and those who attend them. With Anna at the helm, the outcome is a platform where students grow their connections, confidence, direction, and occasionally… experience the sheer magic of the moment.

Gary Richter

Gary Richter, M.S., D.V.M., C.V.C., C.V.A.

Gary Richter, M.S., D.V.M., C.V.C., C.V.A., advises with The National Leadership Academies on veterinary programs.

As a holistic veterinarian and scientist, Dr. Richter helps dog and cat owners to navigate the thicket of treatment options and separate the fact from the fiction. He wants pet owners to use what actually works, not just what Western science or alternative medicine say “should” work. This multifaceted approach to health is known as integrative health care.

Dr. Richter examines traditional medicine from many cultures alongside modern medical techniques, describing the best of complementary care and the best of conventional veterinary medicine. His treatments have the backing of scientific research or years of successful outcomes in his clinical practice. He offers specific recommendations for an integrative approach to common diseases, including allergies, skin conditions, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Dr. Richter is the author of the #1 Amazon Best-Selling Author, The Ultimate Pet Health Guide and has received more than 30 awards for his expertise in the veterinary industry locally, nationally and internationally, including being named as “America’s Favorite Veterinarian” by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF).


Dr. Tim Harrington

Dr. Tim Harrington is the President and Compliance Officer for Bottega University. Dr. Harrington holds a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership though Argosy University, a Master of Art in Education (Special Education) through San Jose State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts Education through SUNY at Oswego. Dr. Harrington is a passionate educational leader with over 30 years of experience in higher education leadership, curriculum management, instructional design, strategic planning, and organizational effectiveness. He has also worked with innovation groups, mentored software development startups, guided learning organizations on evaluation, identification, adoption, implementation, and assessment of emerging technologies to support successful teaching and learning outcomes.

Dr. Harrington is an academic innovator providing leadership in distance education since 2004. He serves on the Board of Education for Mountain Oak School, a Waldorf-inspired Charter School in Prescott, Arizona; and is a past board member for Suze’s Prescott Center for the Arts. Dr. Harrington lives in Hawaii where he also teaches woodworking and entrepreneurism for the Haleakala Waldorf School and does woodworking and photography in his free time.


The Society of Torch & Laurel

The Society of Torch & Laurel is a high school honors program developed by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars to recognize high school high-achievers and provide them and their families with the vital tools to successfully transition to college.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high-achieving students. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities, and gives out more than $1 million annually in scholarships, awards, and chapter funds.

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