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Leadership Institute Seeks Applicants

HWS students and young people from neighboring institutions are gearing up for the Colleges’ annual Leadership Institute (LI), a three-day conference that provides a range of learning opportunities centered on leadership and leadership development. Facilitated by the Centennial Center for Leadership (CCL), LI 2014 will be held at HWS from Saturday, Jan. 18 to Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

Applications to join LI 2014 are available online at hws.edu/leadership and are due to the CCL by Monday, Dec. 2. The Leadership Institute includes current HWS students, as well as students from Geneva High School and neighboring institutions. The event is free of charge. In addition, the conference is also seeking HWS students with previous LI experience to apply for positions as Home Group Leaders who will serve as mentors for participants and guide reflection groups. Applications for Home Group Leaders are available online and are due to the CCL by Monday, Nov. 4.

“One of the core strengths of the Leadership Institute is that it offers something for everyone,” says CCL Coordinator of Leadership Programs Kaylyn O’Brien ’12. “It’s a great opportunity for students who are already involved as leaders and it’s also a great introduction for anyone who is interested in learning more about leadership. For juniors and seniors, the Leadership Institute is a way to pick up new skills as they look toward graduation, and for those involved in clubs and athletics, it’s the perfect venue to hone your skills.”

For the 2014 event, LI participants also will have the opportunity to select from more than 30 sessions and workshops among four designated tracks: global leadership, entrepreneurial leadership, community leadership, and leadership skills.

“We’re unveiling this track system for LI that corresponds to the three core areas of CCL programming and one that is focused on building leadership skills,” O’Brien says. “The track system will help to guide students through their experience at LI. The tracks enable the workshop sessions to be grouped by theme.”

LI 2014 will again host keynote speakers and leadership workshops, while incorporating several new features aimed at enhancing the individual experience of participants based on their areas of interest.

The speakers named for LI 2014 are HWS Trustee Dr. Stephen Cohen ’67; Assistant Professor of Education Khuram Hussain; and Sara Wroblewski ’13, the founder and chief executive officer of One Bead and winner of the 2012 Pitch contest. The speakers will each focus on one of three central themes: leading self, leading others; and leadership through action.

Throughout LI 2014, participants will have the opportunity to cultivate specific action plans in which they set goals and outline the necessary steps for achieving desired outcomes.

Students will work through a guided reflection process in the Home Group sessions, specifically learning about tools and techniques that can help them see their plans through to fruition.

LI 2014 also will incorporate several goals within the broader aim of the professional conference, including highlighting the intersection of leadership and the arts.

The program is also offered as part of the Geneva 2020 initiative launched between the Geneva School District and HWS.

The photo above features a group photo of the participants from the 2013 Leadership Institute.