Basketball star inspired by LeaderShape consortium at Dominican

As a team captain and on the verge of becoming one of Dominican’s all-time leading scorers in the women’s basketball program, Sandra Ikeora '18 had a big goal in 2017 in the Institute by LeaderShape (TM) Bay Area Consortium.

“I have always known I was a leader, but really want to see how the institute could help me broaden my horizons,” says the Nigerian-born student majoring in Communication and Media Studies. “Being that I have a new role as captain later this year on the basketball team, I intend to learn skills that will help me lead my teammates physically, mentally and vocally to a ring, and also to help me on and off the court with peers, coaches and people around me.”

Sandra was one of about 50 students from Dominican, UC Merced, University of Pacific, Cal State Monterey Bay, San Jose State University, Santa Rosa JC, and College of Marin who are participated in the ninth annual week-long LeaderShape event on the Dominican campus, the only consortium of its kind on the West Coast.

The six-day conference, hosted by the Institute for Leadership Studies in the Barowsky School of Business, featured an interactive, engaged learning experience that builds leadership skills “from the inside-out.”

Sandra, who was named to the 2016-17 D2CAA All-American and All-West Region women’s basketball teams and first team All-Pacific West Conference and PacWest Defender of the Year, is the Lady Penguins' all-time career scoring leader in the school's NCAA Division II era. After being named All-PacWest second team,  Sandra in her final game at Dominican on March 2 passed Jennifer Rogers Fernandez ’95 as the second leading scorer in school history with 1,488 points, only 70 points short of Alisha Flaaten's all-time Dominican career record of 1,559 set in 2010.

Though recruited from Valencia (CA) High School to play basketball, Sandra has been inspired by the entire Dominican community and experience.

“What keeps me going is the great education, friendly environment, and a go-to staff who are there for me for anything,” says Sandra, who is considering pursuing a Master’s degree in business. “After my freshmen year, I started joining programs where I could make Dominican what I wanted it to be. No one told me my ideas where too small, but instead they wanted to guide me. There was always someone there to listen and to that I owe a lot.”

Joining Sandra at the LeaderShape Institute were Dominican classmates Nicole Collopy, Rachel Stowell, Leeann Francisco, Noreen Hasan, Elina Chelebieva, Olga Kolin, Yesica Diaz-Gomez, Tianna Brown, Alessandro Schiavone, Cyrus Baumgarten, and Eddie Martinez. LeaderShape graduates Danielle O'Reilly and Manny Cifuentes-Machado served as on-site coordinators.

LeaderShape, Inc. was founded at the University of Illinois, and developed more than 25 years ago to teach college student how to live and lead with integrity, and a healthy disregard for the impossible.  Larry Page, founder of Google, is one of LeaderShape's best known 50,000 graduates. More than 70 Dominican students have graduated from LeaderShape since 2004.

Alice Cochran, an adjunct instructor in the Barowsky School of Business, is the LeaderShape Institute program director at Dominican. She is the Director of Student Leadership Development in BSB’s  Institute for Leadership Studies.

For more information, contact Cochran at 415-458-3737 or email Or visit


June 7, 2017