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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 - Exploring the Science of Leadership

Saturday, October 13th, 2018: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Hermann Hall HH002

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Speaker: George langlois ph.d. and meghan pickett

Leadership is a nebulous term; researchers, orgranizations, and people define it differently. This Seminar will focus on exploring the science behind the various leadership models, with a special focus on the model that inspired the Leadership Academy - Servant Leadership. 

  • Disucss the various models of leadership and the science behind each
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the components of Servant Leadership
  • Participate in discussions and activities of effective leader behaviors

Seminar #2 - Finding Your Leadership Voice

Saturday, November 17th, 2018 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Hermann Hall 002

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Speaker: Jan Sugar, ed.m.

Finding our leadership voices is a practice not an event, and it continues throughout life. Through short bursts of teaching, demonstrating and discussion followed by engaging interactive and solo experiences, participants will try out new ideas and skills to enhance their self awareness about their strengths and their gaps. They will leave the workshop with fortified abilities, new knowledge, less fear, and a burgeoning new leadership voice they will continue to build.

Seminar #3 - Strategic Thinking and Leading Change 

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

MTCC Ballroom

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SPEAKER: megan wheeler, m.s.

Strengthen your long-term planning and strategic thinking skills, and practice tools for execution, including decision making and inclusive project design. Help people accept changes with less resistance and more resilience, flexibility, and enthusiasm for new opportunities.

After this workshop, participants will know how to:

  • Pause regularly and ask questions that focus on long-term impact vs. short term demand
  • Apply strategic thinking habits across contexts
  • Understand and predict reactions to change
  • Create structure that increase the change-readiness of a team over time

Seminar #4 - The H-Factor: Humility as a Key to Leadership Effectiveness

Saturday, March 9th, 2019: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

MTCC Ballroom

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SPEAKER: Matthew Sowcik, ph.d.

  • Discuss Overconfidence and Humility
  • Understand the importance of the bigger picture
  • Discuss humble interpersonal relationships
  • Understand how humility and self-awareness work together
  • Define opportunities for enhancing leadership competencies through humility

Seminar #5 - Chicago Undergraduate Leadership Conference

Saturday, April 20th, 2018: 8:00 - 3:00 PM

Kaplan Center

SPEAKERS: Leadership Academy Senior Scholars  |  Chicago undergraduates

This year 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 22 Chicagoland colleges and universities. In addition, a keynote address will be given by Marshall Bailly- Executive Director of Leadership Initiatives.  

If you are interested in presenting, the deadling is February 3rd at 11:59 PM.  
Presenter Application

If you do not want to present but are interested in attending, please complete the registration form.

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