Session One

Katie Schilling - Associate Director, Intercollegiate Athletics
Start With Why
Your why is your purpose. It is your reason for getting up in the morning. It is what motivates you to action. It is what keeps you focused each and every day. No one has the power to take your purpose from you. But, while it is yours, many can share your purpose. During this session you will learn how to sustain world-class leadership development that has a significant impact on you as a student, person, and leader; and ultimately a strong, positive impact as you find your why.

Amanda Woodyard – Director, Community Engaged Learning
Craig Berger – Assistant Director, Community Engaged Learning
Engaged Learning Community Connections: Integrating Community Engagement into Your College Experience
Focusing on academics, work, and other commitments as a college student can be difficult to balance; consequently, opportunities to engage in and serve the community can often move to the back of your mind. In this interactive session, a panel of students experienced in community engagement work and partners from the greater community will discuss these challenges and their own work, as well as how to successfully integrate working in the Kent and Akron communities as a part of one’s college experience. Participants will then complete a personal plan for how they can become more deeply engaged in the greater community during their time at Kent State.

Dana Lawless-Andric, Associate Vice President, Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Big “D” Word and Leadership
This interactive session will explore how “diversity” and other concepts like “inclusion” can serve as powerful way to lead your organization and build your own capacity as a leader. Through various activities and discussion, participants will walk away with an understanding of how these concepts can work in your organization, empower your teams, and prepare you for an ever-changing world after life at Kent State!