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Saturday, February 8th, 2020
Our keynotes this year will be JR and Kelly Snow!
J.R. Snow finds joy in life communicating and collaborating with passionate people through the lens of education, service, and growth, a role he has engaged in for the last 20 years. J.R. is proud to live and serve his vibrant home community of Harrisonburg, Virginia through the arts, creativity, education, leadership, philanthropy, business, and ministry. J.R. hopes to continue to challenge himself in new collaborative experiences where he will listen and find places to share his passion and energy in an effort to move people and organizations to productive action. J.R. is a father to three children and is most proud of the work he and his wife do to teach them about service, hope, love, compassion, and dreaming.
Kelly Snow has been working in fundraising and professional development for more than 16 years, serving organizations such as Children’s National Medical Center, James Madison University, UVA Children’s Hospital, and most recently Explore More Discovery Museum. A graduate of Penn State University and James Madison University, Kelly is most passionate about empowering others, making connections, and creating spaces where individuals can thrive, especially children. Kelly’s most important role to date is that of “mom” to three amazing humans and two fur babies. In her spare time, Kelly loves running, spending time with her favorite people, or enjoying a quality TV show or movie. Kelly lives with her husband, JR, and their family, in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Session 1: 10:15-11
Power: Use It or Abuse It?
Presenter: Michael McCleve
During this double-length workshop session, which will fill two breakout sessions, students will engage in a fun, enjoyable experience of trading chips and talking as they experience the dynamics of using the power they have as a leader to influence change. Through hands-on participation and full engagement in conversations and dialogue, students will explore the issues of power, powerlessness, and the choices a leader can make to empower others.
Please note this is a double session that will continue into Session 2.
Authenticity in Leadership
Presenter: Emily Robinson
There’s an inner compass within us all that provides direction toward the decisions we make in life. Being aware of that compass and the power it holds will allow students to see themselves in different leadership roles on campus. The parts that make up the compass are all connected and rooted in our personal values. That being said, successful leaders should understand themselves before they can fully be prepared to lead others.
Authenticity in leadership is an approach that emphasizes building the a leader’s legitimacy through honest relationships with others who promote openness. This in part is due to a focus on Self-awareness about themselves, abilities, and actions.
This will be a session that focuses on exploring personal values and how useful knowing your values can be to further guide students in the direction they wish to lead. The session will emphasize that knowing yourself will enable you to radiate openness to your organization or help steer you in the right direction of leadership positions you could hold in the future. In addition, this presentation will show students that there’s not one style of leadership, leaders come in all shapes and forms and understanding yourself can help you identify where you are in your leadership path. This session focuses on personal development and application to their organization on being an authentic leader. In all, this session will give students the confidence to explore aspirations and unlock their potential to be a leader on campus and narrow in on ways you can be a more effective leader in your organization!
Avoiding Compassion Fatigue in Empathetic Leadership Roles
Presenter: Briana Craig
Compassion fatigue is the traumatization of people in helping roles, due to the emotional strain of maintaining high levels of energy and compassion. Compassion fatigue can lead to irritability, physical fatigue, dreading work, aggravation of physical illness, and reduced joy (Figley, 2002; Potter et al., 2010). Leaders who are positioned in empathetic roles must take precautions to protect their own mental health, and practice self-care to maintain their ability to lead effectively and compassionately. This session aspires to help attendees identify compassion fatigue and its symptoms, then offer advice on how to prevent compassion fatigue and protect one’s own mental health.
Sustainable Servant-Leadership: Social change locally and globally
Presenter: Steve Grande
Why lead? While taking leadership just for the sake of leading may contribute to your increased visibility and even to some short-term successes, it eventually feels hollow and meaningless. Leading to serve though is different. A Servant-Leader is focused on strengthening communities, by helping others perform at the highest levels with the understanding that when you empower others your own power grows. In this session learn how the Servant-Leadership model can help you be more effective locally and globally by using the Sustainable Development Goals.
Leadership vs. Friendship
Presenter: Katherine O’Rourke & Nathan Sese
Are you a leader in your organization? Are you apprehensive to make difficult decisions for the betterment of the organization when it may hurt friendships you hold? Come talk about different strategies to keep friendships strong and lead your organization to success!
Session 2: 11:15-12
Leading Culture Change: Green Dot Overview
Presenters: Arianna Sessoms & Kathy Ott Walter
We do not have to live in a world where forms of power-based personal violence such as sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking occur. The Green Dot Overview is an interactive talk that introduces skill-building activities to engage participants in immediate action as bystanders. This talk is designed primarily to remind us all that prevention is possible, that we can make a difference, and that there are an array of immediate, actionable reactive and proactive behaviors that we can each begin to put into practice in our daily lives, whether or not we identify as leaders.
Moving Beyond Volunteer Hours to Make Positive Social Change in Your Community
Presenter: Jenna Piersol
Students have the opportunity to be powerful change agents in their professions and communities. But what are the steps students can take to develop the skills and knowledge needed to make a deeper impact in the world? This session will provide students with real-world examples of individuals and communities working together to create a better world, and it will leave students with practical next steps for engaging authentically with their community.
Presenter: Mollie Zenz
Leaders are often asked to resolve difficult situations, sometimes more quickly than desired. In this session, we will reintroduce the Eight Key Questions to show how they apply not only in leadership roles in student orgs and clubs, but also in the real world, beyond graduation. How will you lead? How will you make decisions? Let’s discuss some life scenarios and how to utilize the 8KQ to best solve the problem(s) at hand.
Session 3: 1:25-2:10
How Full Is Your Bucket?
Presenter: Michael McCleve
You have an invisible bucket. Students you lead have an invisible bucket. The organization. You lead will rise or fall depending on whether those buckets are full or empty. Come participate in this session to be inspired and learn the power of “Theory of the Dipper and the Bucket.” Learn 5 key strategies and be empowered to take action immediately to positively affect change in your life, the lives of others, and the strength of your organization.
Leading Others to SERVE: P is for Preparation
Presenter: Jamie Williams & Naomi Rabago
Leading a group can be challenging, but there are key steps and considerations to take that can increase participation, energy, excitement, and overall success. Within this workshop, participants will explore how to navigate and overcome the obstacles that can often accompany group efforts through the lens of community engagement.
Passing the Torch- Strengthening the Container To Build Your Organization’s Resilience
Presenter: Livvy Call, Coulter Morrill, & Jasmine Christine
Has your organization ever faced a difficult change in leadership; you’re not sure how to carry out responsibilities in a role or move forward with the organization’s mission? Our workshop will unpack potential pitfalls that organizations face with leadership transitions, as well as strategies to overcome and combat these challenges. Facilitators will inspire action by discussing leadership theory and wisdom gained through their own leadership experiences. The session will be interactive and generative- students will have space to share their experiences (both successes and failures) and learn from their peers. Students will leave the workshop with the skills to create a culture of resilience in their organization to ensure long lasting engagement and sustainable partnerships in the community.
The Art of Effective Delegating
Presenter: Lachlan Hudson
During the session, the first half will be a learning facilitation with a power point that goes over the keys to delegating those around members. After reviewing these keys and examples, there will be a practice activity where students will use worksheets to take them step by step through an example delegation. There will be multiple times throughout the presentation to show examples and challenge the participants to come up with their own ideas and solutions.
After each activity, participants will be led through a debrief to help them come to their own conclusions on how best to use the material that they have learned and practiced.
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