Intersections of culture, ethnicity, and gender are understudied in leadership. I argue that conceptions of leadership are created through understandings of our cultural, ethnic, and gendered identities. This qualitative phenomenology included in-depth interviews with eight Italian American women leaders. Of the themes that emerged from these interviews, the idea of leadership as responsibility was prominent and will be explored in this presentation. An overview of the participant's experiences forming this theme as well as implications of and suggestions for future research will be explored.