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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 - Bridging Leadership

Saturday, September 30th, 2017: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

MTCC Ballroom

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Speaker: Maura Koutoujian

Explore a leadership style that fosters growth and cooperation:

  • How do we connect with our fellow students, colleagues, and global citizens when we may not agree with them philosophically or politically?
  • Is it possible to enter into productive dialogue toward a common goal when we may have very different experiences and beliefs?
  • How does diversity based on disciplinary backgrounds and industries impact teams?

Seminar #2 - Uncovering Your Leadership Potential

Saturday, November 4th, 2017: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

MTCC Ballroom

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Speakers: Tracy Skala, Annie Senior, Elyse Yarnell

Essential to understanding your leadership style is recognizing the influences in your life that shaped your reasons for becoming a leader. Influences can range from past experiences to mentors to personal strengths.   By crafting your life story and uncovering your natural talents, you can create a meaningful personal pitch about how and why you lead. 

Seminar #3 - Creativity and Leadership

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

MTCC Ballroom

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SPEAKER: Brendan Neuman, PH.D.

Immerse yourself in the science of creativity and learn about how your own creative strengths can drive your leadership potential. 

Creativity for an individual is more than just a piece of who you are - it is also expressed in what you do and where.  Gain a deep understanding of the Person, Process, Place Model that is used to describe creative thinking while also learning more about the different kinds of creativity through interactive activities and examples.  Learn about the fundamental importance of each person's role in the creative process and the siginificance of empathy in that process to build your knowledge base about how to lead creatively.

Seminar #4 - Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

MTCC Ballroom

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SPEAKER: Jeffrey Parsons, President, IGC & Associates, Inc.

This interactive workshop will focus on how to invest in diversity and gender differences to create an environment of trust and success for all employees.  Participants will explore the stereotypes, myths, and realities of today’s global, multi-generational workforce.  The focus will be to expand awareness across multiple dimensions of what makes each of us unique.  Attention will also focus on exploring workplace trends, change, and best practices to create an environment of trust, increased productivity, and satisfaction.

Seminar #5 - Leading Through Divisive Times

Saturday, April 14th, 2018: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

MTCC Ballroom

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SPEAKERS: Leadership Academy Senior Scholars

The seminar will explore media and cultural biases and their impact on leadership and group consensus. Additionally, participants will go through an experiential learning simulation on political division aimed at learning techniques in fostering cooperation to overcome divides. Through conflict recognition, prevention, and management, attendants will build the skills necessary to effectively mediate through sensitive situations in a contemporary context.

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