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Leadership Institute 2017

The Centennial Center for Leadership (CCL) will host Leadership Institute 2017 this weekend that will kick off on Saturday with a keynote address from President Mark D. Gearan. The seventh edition of the annual conference will offer HWS and Geneva High School students a diverse program of workshops, activities and speakers designed to develop their creative problem-solving skills and broaden their understanding of the challenges associated with community, entrepreneurial and global leadership.

“Each year the Centennial Center strives to build a conference that offers attendees the opportunity to explore the many facets of leadership in an interactive and dynamic environment,” says Kaylyn O’Brien ’12, coordinator of leadership programs at the CCL.  “Leadership Institute is a great place to build meaningful connections.”

The chosen theme for this year is unity, building on last year’s themes of critical dialogue and social justice by engaging students in a discourse meant to cultivate a sense of common purpose within the Colleges and between the HWS campus and the broader community.

“We are working toward creating a unified and familial experience for everyone involved,” says Co-Coordinator Lyndsey Ackerman ’18. “We hope students leave with a positive sense of how they can use their leadership to help make a difference in our world.”

A hallmark of Leadership Institute is the emphasis on student choice; attendees are given the autonomy to design their own conference experience. Students can choose the workshops they attend as well as the topics they discuss in their “Home Groups,” small clusters of participants who reflect and debrief about their conference experiences together.

“The best thing about Leadership Institute is that it’s a customized opportunity for every student,” says Co-Coordinator Julianne Rizzotti ‘17. “The goal for each student is not only to enhance their leadership skills, but to better understand themselves and the world around them.”

Some of the workshop topics and speakers include:

*   Steering vs. Rowing:  Empowering Stakeholders to Lead in their Communities — Matt Horn, City Manager; City of Geneva, New York

*   History Rhymes, But Doesn’t Repeat — Darline Polanco Wattles ’09, Assistant Director of Intercultural Affairs

*   “Leonidas Speaks,” Leadership lessons from the Ancient World — Jim Capreedy, Associate Professor of Classics

*   Jumpstart Your Entrepreneurship Potential:  Exploring the Keys to the Entrepreneurial Mindset — Craig Talmage, Visiting Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies