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Student Leadership Institute

2018 Student Leadership Institute

Leveraging People, Purpose, & Passion

This transformative experience will empower students to discover the leader within and develop the leadership and professional skills necessary to excel in their careers and have a positive impact on their organizations, communities, and nation.

Friday, Feb. 23
Governance Chamber, Kent Student Center

  • Engaging workshops and activities
  • Conversations by dynamic presenters
  • Breakfast and lunch provided


Joshua Fredenburg

Joshua Fredenburg is a Nationally Recognized Speaker, Author of Five books, Tedx Speaker, Television Guest Expert, and President of the ‘Award- Winning’ Circle of Change Leadership Conference. For the past twelve years, Joshua has not only served as a guest speaker in 44 different states across the nation, but he has transformed the lives of thousands of people as a keynote speaker, workshop presenter, trainer, and facilitator.

In addition to a successful speaking career, Joshua has been nominated as one of the Top 40 leaders under 40 in South Florida this past year, he received an award from the Urban League Young Professionals of Los Angeles for work in developing the next generation of leaders, and his national leadership conference was recognized by the NASPA (Student Affair Professionals in Higher Education) Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community as the “Top Student Leadership Development Program in 2015. He has also appeared as a television guest on BET, the Wayne Brady Show, the KTLA Morning Show in Los Angeles, the Daily Buzz National Morning Show, K-CAL 9 News in Los Angeles, and the CBS News in San Francisco to name a few.

All of Joshua’s work is done with a heart of humility, love, integrity, excellence, exceptional character, and a strong desire to provide emerging and seasoned leaders with a life-changing experience!


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!

Session Two

Dennis Campbell - Assistant Director, Fraternity and Sorority Life
The Hero’s Journey: A Leader’s Tale
Every student leader is a hero on their own journey and faces monumental challenges and struggles as they move through their own Hero’s Journey. The Hero’s Journey is not only used in myths and legends but applies to daily leadership practices of students and can help us understand the growth of ourselves and organizations. Come explore your own Hero’s Journey and find your own “Call to Adventure”.

Lisa Morde - Coordinator, Community Engaged Learning
Kara Pitts - Graduate Assistant, Community Engaged Learning

Charting the Course: Moving from Volunteerism to Active Citizenship
There are many programs available for college students to volunteer, but KSU encourages leaders to go beyond volunteering and to become active citizens. Through this interactive presentation, participants will explore what it means to be an “active citizen” and travel through the four stages of the Active Citizens Continuum. Time will be given to reflect on your current position on the continuum and to think about how community can become a higher priority in your values and life choices.

Jen Kulics - Associate Vice President, Division of Student Affairs
Maintaining Balance and Avoiding Burnout
The science of happiness can help you succeed. We should be thriving and not merely surviving. You will learn to take a new approach in this session which is slower, softer and more focused on well-being and not faster, harder and just focused on achieving. You will learn simple strategies for attaining happiness and fulfillment to thrive personally and professionally.