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Lead The Pack: Why attend the spring leadership series conference?

For some, leadership roles may come as easily as slipping on a pair of old shoes but for others, this may not be the case. Whether someone is experienced in leadership or they are a new entrant to the field, the Spring Conference in the Cougar Leadership Series is a prime opportunity to hone those leadership skills necessary to professional, academic and personal life.  The conference, originally scheduled for Feb. 8, has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The Spring Conference is free and open to all high school juniors, seniors and college students involved in leadership positions (ASB, students clubs or groups, class representatives or Running Start students) and faculty members. The event will focus on gaining knowledge in leadership, understanding the diversity of leadership roles, recognizing inner potential and providing networking opportunities for all who attend.

Shyanna Reyes, the Office of Student Involvement programming intern, said of the event, “We’ve moved the Conference from Fall to Spring to reach out to students who are interested in positions on campus such as student ambassadors and student government.” Reyes continues by saying that OSI moved the event to Spring in hopes of preparing high school students, community college students, other university students and WSU Vancouver students for leadership positions and to boost skills for future interviews.

The conference will consist of a rotation of “breakout sessions” catering to the development of different leadership qualities, speeches by leadership and relationship expert and best-selling author, Joshua Fredenberg, a free lunch and an opportunity to network with fellow student leaders, faculty and staff after the conclusion of the event.

Reyes also stated that some copies of Fredenberg’s latest book, “Are You the World’s Next Top Leader?” will be distributed at the event with a possible book signing at the end. As for the breakout sessions, Reyes says all of the workshops are “great for learning your strengths and how to lead”.

Theodore I. King III, Big Ten Leadership Network Committee chair at the University of Wisconsin, said of Fredenberg’s presentation: “Joshua’s presentation was more than what I expected. Usually speakers come in and are too preachy and come off as people who can’t really relate to the crowd. Joshua had very concise key leadership strategies that the audience members were able to identify and take away.”

Although this is Fredenberg’s first year speaking at the event, Reyes said students in the past “have enjoyed previous speakers’ stories” as well as the workshops because the workshop leaders are “local, usually from on campus.” Reyes advises, “If you want to personally develop, take the time to do it. This conference is something you will carry with you for the rest of your life.”

The new time and date for this free event has yet to be announced. It will be located in the Firstenburg Student Commons. Parking is free and available in Orange Lot 2. The first fifty students to register will receive a free T-shirt. Recyclable water bottle use is encouraged for this event. Any questions can be directed to Director of Student Development Michelle McIlvoy at mmcilvoy@vancouver.wsu.edu or 360-546-9530.

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