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Leadership Academy Seminars

What are the leadership Academy Seminars?

Open to any student at Illinois Tech, the Leadership Academy Seminars aim to provide attendees with an opportunity to learn about specific leadership topics in a fun and engaging way.  

Each Seminar focuses on a particular topic in leadership and is lead by a presenter that has expertise in that area.  

The goals for each Seminar are:

  • To teach attendees about the topic utilizing a non-lecture style through active learning, discussion, critical thinking, and group collaboration
  • To prepare attendees to utilize the knowledge, skills, and tools learned in the Seminar in the classroom, workplace, or everyday life.

Seminar #1 - Your (Ethical) North Star

Saturday, October 5th, 2019: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

MTCC Ballroom

Speaker: Scott J. Allen, Ph.D.

This experiential and fast-paced session will provide participants with a basic understanding of the landscape of ethical decision making, and help each student gain clarity on the values, principals, and virtues they hold dear. 

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Seminar #2 - Leading Creative Teams

Saturday, November 16th, 2019: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

MTCC Ballroom

Speaker: Jeremy Alexis, M.Des

This session will focus on identifying, understanding, unlocking, and managing the six traits that make great designers and innovators. We will focus on what these traits are, why they are important, how to maximize them, how to reduce them (which is sometimes needed), and how to compose projects to maximize value.

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Seminar #3 - Increasing Your Communication Effectiveness

Saturday, February 15th, 2020: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

MTCC Ballroom

SPEAKER: Jeffery Parsons, IGC & Associates

Look around your various teams, workplace, corporate campus. You'll find colleagues with varied backgrounds, work experience, generational differences, and varied communication styles. They are high achievers, confident in their work and enthusiastic about getting things done, they are inspiring, and empower others around them to succeed. We invite you to join us for this interactive & engaging learning experience.

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Seminar #4 - Navigating Change

Saturday, March 28th, 2020: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

MTCC Ballroom


Mary Hale Tolar, Ed.D. (Bio)


Navigating change requires groups and teams to acknowledge loss, recognize opportunity and embrace an openness to growth. This highly interactive session is designed to increase participants' confidence and communication skills through simulation and role-play, personal reflection, and discussion. We will explore and apply strategies and tools that cultivate respect and build trust as we learn to manage ourselves and others through uncertainty and change. 

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Seminar #5 - Chicago Undergraduate Leadership Conference

Saturday, April 18th, 2020: 8:00 - 4:00 PM

Kaplan Institute

SPEAKERS: Leadership Academy Senior Scholars  |  Chicago undergraduates

As of 2019, the Academy is replacing the fifth seminar with the Chicago Undergraduate Leadership Conference (CULC). 

Conceived and organized by the M. A. and Lila Self Leadership Academy, CULC aims to provide students with a unique and invaluable experience that gives them the opportunity to learn from their peers and actively build their leadership skills, better enabling them to lead change for a better world. 

All Senior Scholars will be presenting as well as undergraduates from across Chicagoland colleges and universities. In addition, a keynote address will be given by a prominent leader.  

More information about presenting and attending visit the CULC website. 

CULC Website

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