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Leadership Institute 2015 Seeks Applicants

Hobart and William Smith students along with juniors and seniors from Geneva High School are gearing up for the Centennial Center for Leadership’s annual Leadership Institute (LI).

Providing a range of dynamic learning opportunities centered on leadership studies and leadership development, the three-day conference is free to attend and will be held Jan. 17-19 at HWS. To apply or for more information about the 2015 program, please visit the CCL’s Leadership Institute webpage. The second round of applications are due to the CCL by Monday, Dec. 8.

LI 2015 will offer more than 30 engaging workshops that will cover an array of timely topics and will be led by faculty, staff, alums, and Geneva community members. This year’s LI participants will be able to choose among four different themed tracks: leadership skills, community leadership, global leadership and entrepreneurial leadership. The tracks are designed to enhance the individual conference experience based on areas of interest.

This year’s program will also feature keynote speakers, including President of the William Smith Alumnae Council Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk ’98, who serves as the chief of staff for New York University’s Office of University Development and Alumni Relations; Mayor of Ithaca and HWS Presidential Fellow for Civic Engagement Svante Myrick; and CCL Coordinator of Leadership Programs Kaylyn O’Brien ’12.

“For juniors and seniors LI is a great chance to expand upon the leadership skills necessary to be successful and competitive in the job market or while searching for summer internships,” says O’Brien, who is facilitating this year’s program. “The variety of workshop session topics, from Shakespeare and leadership to core leadership for entrepreneurs, there is something for everyone. For first years and sophomores, LI provides an opportunity to further engage with the HWS community. Many students are able to build lasting connections with the faculty, students and staff that take part in the LI experience.”

In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., LI participants will also join with the Geneva community downtown for the MLK Day march on Monday, Jan. 19.

In addition to the keynote speakers and workshop offerings, LI attendees will also be given the opportunity to engage in guided peer reflection and critical dialogue through the Home Group experience. A “Home Group” is a small group of seven to 10 students who will be linked for the duration of the conference weekend. Each home group will be facilitated by two Home Group Leaders – upper-class students who have previously attended LI.

This year LI will also feature a special networking reception with local alums and community partners in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center during the evening of Saturday, Jan. 17. For more information about the networking opportunity and the LI conference as a whole, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/325022481011548/ 

About the keynote speakers:

Aloysee H. Jarmoszuk ’98 currently works at New York University as the chief of staff for the office of University Development and Alumni Relations. Prior, Jarmoszuk served as director of Institutional Philanthropy at The New York Women’s Foundation, was an investment strategist at Neuberger Berman and held various positions at Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank and Sanford C. Bernstein. Jarmoszuk is a former Student Trustee and has served on the William Smith Alumnae Council since 2009, currently serving as president. She also serves on the HWS Culture of Respect Steering Committee.

Svante Myrick was sworn into office in 2012 as the City of Ithaca’s youngest mayor and first mayor of color. When Myrick took office as mayor in 2012, he inherited a $3 million deficit, but successfully managed to close the gap with his first budget plan. His first budget included a major overhaul of city government that merged departments and streamlined processes, all while delivering Ithaca’s lowest tax increase since 2000. In his first year of office, his advocacy in Albany and in Washington, D.C., resulted in more than $20 million of grants and awards from state and federal governments. As mayor, Myrick transformed the way residents view public space by turning his parking spot into a public park, reintroduced fireworks to the city for their 4th of July celebrations, and moved the city into the 21st century by embracing social media and revamping the city’s webpage. In 2014, he was appointed the HWS Presidential Fellow for Civic Engagement.

Kaylyn O’Brien ’12 graduated from William Smith College in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in critical social studies and public policy, and a minor in philosophy. O’Brien also holds a master’s degree in philosophy and public affairs from the University College Dublin, Ireland. Her primary focus at the CCL is steering programming such as Leadership Institute, the Leadership Discovery series and the HWS Leads program. She also coordinates community outreach, directs social media marketing and serves as an instructor for the Public Speaking and Leadership Theory I and Theory II Reader’s College courses.