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Center for Leadership and Community Engagement

2014 Leadership Conference

8:00 - 2:00
Registration and Check- in
Student Union 2nd Floor Lobby

8:30 - 8:50

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Student Union Ballroom

9:00 - 9:50

SURC 202

10:00 - 10:50

Situational Leadership
SURC 201

11:00 - 11:50

Finding The Next Great Generation of Army Leader 
SURC 202

12:00 - 1:50

Lunch and Keynote Address
Student Union Ballroom

2:00 - 2:50

SURC 201

Leadership: Walk the talk or What You Do Speaks so Loud They Can’t Hear What You Say (SURC 202):  This is a lively interactive workshop that will allow participants to explore the principle qualities of being a good leader and to establish a set of qualities that will allow for greater leadership. The power of role modeling will be examined in relation to enhancing leadership effectiveness

Presented by:  Dr. Ken Briggs

Public Health – What is it? Is it for me? How do I get there? (SURC 137A): Public and community health professionals are needed now, more than ever. Students must know four things: 1) “who” they are now and “who” they are preparing to be as they consider and train in our field; 2) what unique opportunities they can pursue as undergrads, as recent grads, as graduate students, and as activists/engaged community members; 3) what drives them toward the field of public and community health; and 4) how to advance.

Ever thought "That's messed up! Somebody should make that better"? If so, YOU may be a future public or community health professional. Ever thought "Hmmm... Maybe what we don't know CAN hurt us"? or "There really oughta be a law about that"? Well then, YOU might be a future public or community health professional.

This workshop is designed to engage and inform students who are considering or already pursuing undergraduate study related to public health. Public and community health professionals lead collaboratively. We work to get the information we need to help people to be healthier, use that information to put effective policies and programs in place to solve health and social issues, and do what works to improve population health outcomes.

Presented by: Dr. Rebecca Pearson

Generation Divide (SURC 137B): Generation Divide? Silent Generation through Generation X, Y, and Z….Alpha? How do we work to understand generational characteristics the impact on generations that define them and differences in the work place? What are the generations at play within the university, or departments? Might there be merit to understand the generations to work even more effectively together?

Presented by: Jenna Hyatt


Situational Leadership (SURC 201): As the commanding officer in Operation DESERT STORM, General Norman Schwarzkopf is well known for winning the Persian Gulf War in 1991. However, he did not accomplish this victory on his own. He was able, through his unique and powerful leadership style, to orchestrate the massive forces under his command to achieve success. This required the cooperation and support from commanders and troops in the field, from the leadership in Washington, and from local authorities in a region with immensely different cultures than the Americans who suddenly appeared on the scene to conduct military operations.

There is no single leadership style that is appropriate in every situation. Our success depends on our ability to properly assess our people and to communicate what we want accomplished through a flexible use of leadership styles. Although we may not have to sin a war, our leadership styles are critical to the success of achieving our mission, whatever that may be.

This workshop examines the Situational Leadership Model in which the most appropriate leadership style is based on follower maturity or development. The workshop begins by examining leadership and the two types of leader behavior (task and relationship). We then discuss the variables that impact the leader in different situations. The workshop then progresses to the Situational Leadership Model and describes the two key aspects necessary to evaluate follower development levels: ability and willingness; and the four levels of performance readiness as they relate to each leadership style: telling, selling, participating and delegating.

Presented by: LTC Jason A. Densley

Decision making from an officer's perspective (SURC 202): Being an Army Officer is one of America’s most prestigious, difficult and satisfying professions. It is similar to becoming a junior executive in one of the largest corporations in the world. First and foremost, an Officer is a leader: highly trained, disciplined and effective. An Officer must be able to make smart decisions quickly while under stress. It is for these reasons that Fortune 500 companies seek out military officers to groom for executive positions within their company at all levels over the regular college graduate.

Presented by: Andrew Van Den Hoek

From Passive to Empowered (SURC 137A):  This workshop will reference Chapter 3: Students have the Power to Lead from the text Leadership Reconsidered: Engaging Higher Education in Social Change

We will begin by defining two environments that students can lead in: academics and extra/co-curricular. When referencing the academic areas, students will have the opportunity to self-assess their current dispositions while in class and the impact they can have on the development of leadership qualities. When referencing the co-curricular areas, students will have the opportunity self-assess their dispositions when they are participating as a member of a group.

The main purpose of the workshop will be to introduce attendees to the idea of disempowering beliefs of an individual student and then to the opposing empowering beliefs that are possible (the obstacles and possibilities in student leadership). I will share about several leadership principles: empathy, self-awareness, authenticity and disagreement with respect. These leadership principals will be addressed and students will learn ways to implement them to become and agent of change in the realm of education. Students will also be introduced to group leadership qualities (shared purpose, commitment, collaboration, division of labor and competence) that are necessary for a group to become an effective leader.

Presented by: Ayla Lewis

The Rhythm of Transformational Leadership (Ballroom): In this highly interactive and engaging keynote address, Maketa will, literally, get the group into the rhythm of transformational leadership. Through introduction of his Three Rhythms Organizational Development Model and stories and tools from his systemic change work, he will define the 3 essential elements of transformational leadership. He will invite the audience to consider the core component that connects these essential elements. What is the essential responsibility of the leader in creating an environment for effective collaboration and success? How does this relate to the mission of CEPS and its students? Maketa will ground the message in rhythm that will connect the group and ensure that who feels it, knows it!

Presented by: Maketa Wilborn

Push vs. Pull: Leadership in Action (SURC 137B): How can we as leaders inspire individuals and create effective teams? In this workshop we will find the answer through self-reflection and active engagement. Through an inquiry-based approach that is fun and highly interactive, we will look at the “push/pull” model of engagement and identify the core “pull” strategies that effectively empower and move individuals and teams toward high performance. Moving from theory to practice, we will identify our individual leadership styles and practice putting our leadership skills into action. Participants will gain new tools for leading groups and insight into their personal leadership styles.

Presented by: Maketa Wilborn

"Servant Leadership" What do you want to be know for?" (SURC 201): In this workshop we shift the focus from ourselves to serving others as a way to approach any leadership challenge. There will be more questions than answers posed to allow you to reflect on your own leadership style and allow you to develop your own philosophy of leadership.

Presented by: Brandi Harrington

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