Explore sessions focus on individual growth, planning and "other thinking." Focus is on serving others, advocating for social justice, diversity and creative ways to serve the greater social good.

Day 3 - Evolve

Breakout Session Block 7 - Evolve
Saturday, November 2, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

(These are extended session offerings.)

Career Lab 7 - Brand You! Discover and Communicate Values for Career Success

Breakout Session Block 7 - Evolve
Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (These are extended session offerings.)

Competencies: Values and Verbal Communication

Chelsea Willias

Founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, said it best, your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room. This interactive breakout session will identify 5 ways to build and maintain personal brand by assessing values. Clarity on values helps make more intentional decisions and ultimately, leads to a more fulfilled life. During the session, students will explore their values as a tool in shaping their personal brand. The session will also focus on effectively communicating with peers who share different values in order to create more inclusive clubs and organizations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discover and identify why values are important and what it means to live in alignment of values 

  • Consider identity, experiences, and goals and how values may align with past experiences and future desires

  • Uncover the power that lies in individuals, groups, and organizations identifying and committing to shared values

Managing Unconscious Biases: The Chaos of Diversity and Inclusion

Competency: Diversity and Other’s Perspective

Curtis Hill

Leading with a diverse lens goes well beyond being "compliant" and support of affirmative action;  being INCLUSIVE is the key.  Having awareness, respect and true appreciation for those you lead will be explored in this session while challenging your racial stereotypes and their origins. Strategies for building inclusive organizations where people from diverse backgrounds work together for a common purpose will also be shared in this very engaging and authentic exchange.  

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop insight and understanding of your story and how it shapes your racial lens.

  • Understanding of how racial stereotypes impact your learning.

  • Identify the underlying hidden messages that increase tension among diverse individuals.

Giving It a Try: How to Create a Vision for Your Future

Competencies: Vision and Writing

Melissa Ruiz

Deciding to do something is huge step. But before making that decision, does it fit with your values and vision as a leader and, more importantly, global citizen? In this session, you will learn how to create a vision statement that will assist you in life, on campus and off. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discover values that inform how they set goals

  • Create a goal setting strategy

  • Pick and outline a goal on which they can take immediate action

  • Create a "future-casting" journal entry of what life will look like when a particular goal is achieved

The Business of Your Life

Competencies: Scope of Competence and Plan

Peter Bielagus

If your life were a business, would YOU invest in you?  As the CEO of your life, would you "fire" you?  Former financial planner Peter Bielagus will show you in a fun and energetic manner how to view your life through a business lens.  What are your assets?  What are your liabilities? 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identification of a personal balance sheet

  • Knowledge of your life's "income statement"

  • Draft of a personal life business plan

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: Starts with You

Breakout Session Block 7 - Evolve
Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (These are extended session offerings.)

Competencies: Scope of Competence and Self-Understanding

Heidi Shepard

Emotions are everywhere. We're all feeling them, watching them play out in others, and navigating situations influenced by them. As leaders, how can we become more self-aware and recognize what motivates us? How can we tap into the emotions of those around us to inspire and empower? In this interactive session we will talk about ways in which an emotionally intelligent approach to leadership can help you engage those around you! 

Learning outcomes:

  • Define emotional intelligence 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of consciousness of self 

  • Learn how to identify emotional intelligence in leadership roles

Breakout Session Block 8 - Evolve
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

From Awareness to Action: Creating Real Social Justice Change

Competencies: Social Justice and Productive Relationships

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington

Many folks are struggling with how to be effective change agents.  It's easy to call someone out because they don't see the world the way we do, but are we willing to do the work required to build relationships across difference so that change can occur?  This session will help the next generation of leaders (i.e. YOU) build capacity for social justice change. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Be able to create learning organizations and communities

  • Manage yourself in "triggering" moments

  • Build skills for developing relationships based on finding common ground

Leading in a Diverse World

Breakout Session Block 8 - Evolve
Saturday, Nov. 2, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Competencies: Other’s Circumstances and Diversity

Sara Lowery

Is it true what they say; to lead (and follow) in a diverse would most of us will have to unlearn our "deeply held beliefs about society, self and social relations?” Attend this session to be challenged on how you look at diverse issues, and learn how to navigate through them using productive discussion, reconciliation and acknowledgement of our mistakes. It’s true; we all get wrong at times!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identification of personal biases and ignorance

  • Discovery of perception influencers

  • Strategies for engaging in constructive dialogue

Chaos or Control:  Organizational and Self-Management Strategies

Competencies:  Goals and Evaluation

Dr. Jermaine M. Davis

When is too much too much? If your lack of organization is negatively influencing your ability to have your environment support your personal and leadership goals, this session on building your capacity for enhanced organization strategies is necessary.

Learning Outcomes:

·       Identification of obstacles to goal achievement

·       Knowledge of strategies for priority setting

·       Advanced awareness to required adjustments in your daily routine

Career Lab 8 - Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies: Network Like a Boss

Competencies: Verbal Communication and Appropriate Interaction

James Robilotta

Is it true it's more about "who you know than what you know" when it comes to job searching?  While true, talking about how to engage in networking conversations will prevent missing out on opportunities right before your eyes.  The art of "small talk" is less practiced because most college students use social media to communicate.  However, those hiring decision makers still value good old fashion conversations. 

Learning Outcomes:

·       Learn how to initiate meaningful conversations promoting memorability

·       Recognize the significance of refined social skills for productive conversations

·       Contrast the difference between introverts and extroverts around networking

STUDENT SHOWCASE - Buena Vista Student Senate: Making Change Happen

Competencies: Appropriate Interaction and Creating Change

Please join BVU Student Senate representatives as we share insights into making change happen.  Whether it is through little acts of kindness or grand events and programs, we recognize the intentionality of delivery impacts the outcomes and overall satisfaction of the participants.

This showcase is designed for participants to learn from our experience while creating an environment for open discussion and idea exchange. 

NEW! Breakout Session Block 9

Saturday, November, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Problem Solving Applied to Real Life and Leadership

The final workshop block of Lead365 focuses on the application of a simple problem solving model presented by two facilitators in 15 minutes. Each group (or individual if not wanting to work in small groups) then identifies a real life situation (i.e. problem) and begins applying the problem solving model. Once solutions and paths moving forward have been identified, others will “critique” or “compliment” the ideas. There will also be opportunities for offering additional suggestions and recommendations to assist others in solving their problem. Five general “problem categories” are identified below. Every session is also building the competency of Problem Solving plus what is listed in the brackets.

  • Living and Leading in a Just World - Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington and Ken Brill [Social Justice}

  • Figuring Out Your Future - Facilitated by Chelsea Williams and Peter Bielagus [Plan]

  • Living With or Leading Those You Dislike - Facilitated by Michael Miller and Jennifer Yawson [Positive Attitude]

  • When Procrastination Overrides Purpose - Facilitated by Dr. Lucy Croft and Melissa Ruiz [Responsibility for Personal Behavior]

  • Implementing Leadership Initiatives - FOR PROFESSIONALS ONLY - Facilitated by Dr. Corey Seemiller, Dr. David Rosch, Dr. Kathy Guthrie and Sadhana Hall [Analysis]

Closing Celebration & Keynote
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

A Think Back video highlights the previous three days of transformation and good times.  The Lead365 National Award (with a $500 cash prize) is presented by Foundation President Dr. Susan Salvador to an outstanding professional or undergraduate.  Sponsors are thanked (of course) and a Good Bye video from The Faculty closes out the program.  Distribution of Certificates of Completion (suitable for framing) and an appropriate send off concludes what promises to have been an amazing growth and learning experience for undergraduates, graduate students, leadership educators and new professionals.

But, that’s not all… The real treat is this year’s keynote speaker. Wait for it…