Leadership Workshops: Presenters Needed!

On behalf of Dan O’Hara, Director of Student Leadership Programs:

Hello Champlain College!

I’m writing today with a great opportunity to engage with our students around topics of leadership.  Last year the Lead Like a Beaver: Leadership Series was very successful, and we’re hoping to keep that trend going.  In order to do that we need your help!  If you’re interested in facilitating a workshop, please consider submitting a program proposal!  You may also email me directly.

What is Lead Like a Beaver? 

Basic concept of LLB:  To host a series of workshops over the course of the year that are facilitated by faculty/staff and/or current student leaders on topics and skills necessary for cultivating emerging leaders, as well as providing additional developmental opportunities for our current student leaders. Students can earn a certificate by completing at least five workshops during the academic year.  The series will end with a celebration at the end of the spring semester.

Our hope is that through this series we can help empower our students to become leaders.  We can’t do this without you.  We need you to share any and all leadership experience and knowledge that you might have.  If this is something you’re interested in, please take a few minutes to submit a program proposal or email me directly so you can offer your expertise to our students.

It is our overall hope for students who attend any of the LLB workshops will be able to:

  1. Recognize that leadership is learned through developing skills and practice.
  2. Recognize and identify core values.
  3. Identify strategies to help group development among those that they lead.
  4. Report building a relationship with a faculty or staff member.
  5. Report feeling more connected to the Champlain College community.
  6. Report feeling more confident in their leadership abilities.
  7. Apply different skills that will help them be a stronger leader.
  8. Examine aspects of their own leadership skills and how to continually develop themselves.

Target Audience:  We want to engage any and all students who are interested in becoming a leader; we also welcome current student leaders who would like to further develop specific leadership skills!!!

Potential topics for upcoming semester:

  1. Problem Solving
  2. Self-Understanding
  3. Personal Values
  4. Self-Development
  5. Productive Relationships
  6. Motivation
  7. Providing Feedback
  8. Collaboration
  9. Social Justice
  10. Social Responsibility
  11. Verbal Communication
  12. Listening
  13. Facilitation
  14. Mission
  15. Vision
  16. Goals
  17. Organization
  18. Ethics
  19. Resiliency

Examples of past workshops/facilitators:

  • No is a good word.  How knowing the No pushes production forward – Nate Walpole
  • Examining Leadership Styles through Pop Culture: From James T. Kirk to Papa Smurf – Laurel Bongiorno
  • Appreciative Inquiry: The Power of Positive Questions – Becky Peterson
  • Motivating the Masses –Lisa Mazzariello
  • A Shifting of the Glass: Indigenous Perspectives on Leadership –Melody Brook
  • Your Mission is to Create a Vision with an Objective to set a Goal: Or is it really? – Rosalynne Whitaker-Heck
  • The Sugar-Coated Sandwich: The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback – Lisa Keller
  • How to Survive the End of the World: Strategies for Helping Yourself and Others when the Big Stuff Goes Wrong – Kara Berg
  • Simple Strategies for Insuring Success at any job – Leslie Averill

How can you get involved?

Role of Workshop Facilitator:

  • Plan and implement a one hour workshop.
  • Engage our students and get them excited about leadership!

If interested submit a program proposal for a workshop with a one paragraph description and note 2 to 3 date preferences.

Proposed Schedule: Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 8:30-9:30pm

  • Tuesday, February 16th
  • Wednesday, February 24th
  • Tuesday, March 1st
  • Wednesday, March 9th
  • Tuesday, March 29th
  • Wednesday, April 6th
  • Tuesday, April 12th

If interested, please submit a program proposal via this link: program proposal or email Dana O’Hara directly at dohara@champlain.edu.
Deadline for proposals:  Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016