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Leadership Institute 2014 Begins

In the days leading up to the spring 2014 semester, HWS will offer its annual Leadership Institute (LI) to 65 current students and more than 20 from Geneva High School. Facilitated by the Centennial Center for Leadership (CCL), LI 2014 will feature several sessions across four major categories of leadership: global leadership, entrepreneurial leadership, community leadership, and leadership skills.

“We’ll have a great group of faculty, staff, students and community members who will offer important perspectives in each of the categories,” says CCL Coordinator of Leadership Programs Kaylyn O’Brien ’12. “A portion of LI also will be dedicated to the intersection of leadership and the arts.”

The three-day event begins Saturday, Jan. 18 and will culminate on Monday, Jan. 20, including group participation in the annual community march in downtown Geneva for the commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The march will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Public Safety Building.

LI 2014 will also feature three keynote speakers over the course of the event. They 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. As part of the LI 2014 involvement with Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities, Hussain will offer remarks contextualizing the annual MLK March in Geneva.

This year the LI program will also include a collaboration with The Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development to offer a professional networking reception. Resident Assistants, alums and community members will be involved with the event.

“It will give LI attendees a chance to practice networking skills that they learn earlier in the day and the opportunity to engage with alums and local community members,” O’Brien says. “It’s the kind of opportunity where students can build connections for possible internships.”

Another goal for attendees of LI 2014 is to boost interaction and build a collective experience through participation in large group activities, O’Brien says.

This year, participants from previous LI events will return as Home Group Leaders. The students will serve as mentors for new participants and will help to guide reflections to help synthesize material.

Morgan Drake ’16, who is a Home Group Leader this year, says her past participation helped to increase her leadership skills and extracurricular involvement on campus. Drake says she began networking with more classmates and joined a number of activities, including her involvement as an Orientation Mentor, a fund raising chair for Koshare, an Admissions tour guide, and an advocacy and mission chair for Relay for Life.

“I think it’s an amazing opportunity for students and allows for many connections on and off campus, great advice, and tips for how to become leaders on our campus, which will follow through helping students to be successful leaders in their post college life,” she says. 

Jeanine Cryan ’15 says 2014 will mark her third year participating in the Leadership Institute and her second year as a Home Group leader. A member of the cross country team, Cryan says she’s now participating in the Leadership Certificate program through CCL.

“I believe that the Leadership Institute is a unique opportunity for students to participate in a weekend that is focused on the fundamental reality that leadership is learned, by exploring leadership in its many facets, opening our minds to new concepts and methods for action, and how to personally strive for the leadership of a life of consequence,” Cryan says. “LI fosters an environment where students can mentor and motivate their peers to consider newfound opportunities to act as engaged citizens, in addition to transforming ourselves into the catalysts for change within our communities.”

For more information about the 2014 Leadership Institute, visit: http://www.hws.edu/academics/leadership/