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QUEST Leadership Retreat

QUEST Leadership Retreat is designed help Fontbonne students acquire foundational leadership skills, discern their personal strengths, and guide them on their personal vocational journey.

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" -Lau-tzu

The mission of Fontbonne University is at the core of the QUEST Program – educating students to think critically, act ethically, and assume responsibility as citizens and leaders.

The Quest Leadership Retreat is a unique opportunity for students to hone in on leadership development in a condensed format. This allows for busy students to build their leadership capacity and put it to action immediately upon their return to campus.


Who should participate in the QUEST Leadership Retreat?

Any Fontbonne student is welcome to participate in the QUEST program. While the program is primarily geared toward first year and second year students, all students are invited to participate. 

Each phase has its own unique structure and purpose so while we recommend a certain sequence, students can design their own path of leadership development based on their distinct experience and needs.

What are the benefits?

Students who complete the QUEST program:

  • Are better able to articulate their personal strengths
  • Can identify their desired career path
  • Obtain skills and knowledge needed to help a world in need
  • Are better equipped to tackle tough world issues
  • Are uniquely qualified to bring about transformative change

Participants will receive a certificate and completion gift at the end of the retreat. Students who participate in the QUEST Leadership Retreat will receive special recognition at the annual Leadership and Service Awards Banquet held at the end of the Spring semester.

How do I get involved?

The QUEST Leadership Retreat will be hosted on Friday, March 27-Saturday, March 28th at Lake Williamson Retreat Center in Carlinville, IL. Below is a sample schedule for the retreat. 


Friday, March 27th  
1:00PM Depart Campus
2:30PM Arrive at Lake Williamson/ Teambuilder Activities
3:30PM Time Management and Goal Setting Session
6:00PM Dinner
7:00PM Professional Etiquette and Social Media
9:00PM Values Activity and Bonfire
Saturday, March 28th  
8:00AM Breakfast
9:00AM Teams Low Ropes Course
12:00PM Effective Communication
12:30PM Etiquette Lunch
1:30PM Personal Action Planning
2:30PM Leave to return to campus


The retreat is free to ontbonne students, however, space is limited and registration is first come, first served. Fontbonne University reserves the right to charge students who register but do not show up without notice a minimum of $50 to their student account.

While each Phase is designated for a certain length of time, the QUEST program is designed to meet the unique needs of each students. Throughout the program, if a student wants to delay or extend their enrollment, they may do so by working with the QUEST Phase coordinator.

Questions regarding the QUEST Leadership Retreat can be directed to:

Janelle Densberger, Ph.D.
Director of Leadership Education and Student Activities

The QUEST leadership program has been made possible through the generous support of the Network in Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) and the Council of Independent Colleges.