Leadership Washburn

Testimonials


Jane Carpentar
Marsha Carrasco Cooper
Brad Clark
Shirley Dinkel
Chris Enos
Gary Handy
Susie Hoffman
Marian Jamison
Michael McGuire
Eric Moss
Mary Pilgrim
Jennifer Robert
Tracy Routsong
Mike Russell
Maria Stover
Tom Stuart
Kerry Wynn

Gary Handy

Assistant Director of Student Activities

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“It was a great experience. It widened the lenses that I and my colleagues look through when we think about Washburn and Washburn Tech. The ability to collaborate regardless of title and status was fantastic.”

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Tom Stuart

Assistant Director of Financial Aid

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“Working in my small group was awesome. I got to work with individuals from departments that I normally do not.”

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Jane Carpentar

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

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“The process of the project was invaluable and believe the connections I made with my group were also tremendous.”

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Mary Pilgrim

Associate Professor, Communication, College of Arts and Sciences

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“Well organized! It is obvious that much thought has gone into preparing the program. I especially liked the behind the scenes tours and the opportunity to meet so many people. The networking opportunity was exceptional. I feel like I have a bigger picture view of Washburn as a result in participating in Leadership Washburn.”

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Shirley Dinkel

Director of Student Health Services and Associate Professor, School of Nursing

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“The reflections were invaluable to me … I believe (the Individualized Action Plan) was the most useful part of Leadership Washburn  because I was exploring my own style, identifying my own needs, crafting my own strategies, and exploring what I wanted to explore.”

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Maria Stover

Associate Professor, Mass Media, College of Arts and Sciences

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“Pre-session activities were meaningful … post-session assignments were a great way to continue the thoughtful reflection … I learned a lot and it’s indeed a professional development opportunity for faculty and staff at Washburn. It’s an excellent way to connect and energize individual actors within the institution.”

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Marsha Carrasco Cooper

Associate Director, Leadership Institute

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“I was honored to be a participant in this program. At first I thought I was doing it for purely selfish reasons … I now understand that my personal and professional development journeys are not only beneficial to me, but immensely beneficial to my Washburn community.  If I am more comfortable networking with others on campus, my students benefit. If I am more aware of my leadership strengths, I am able to to position myself more intentionally in ways that will be of the greatest benefit to the University. If I am more knowledgeable and educated about University processes, policies and areas I can better work within the system to make great things happen.“

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Susie Hoffman

Director, Alumni Association

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“(The Individualized Action Plan) gave me the opportunity for further self-reflection. Putting something down on paper made me really think about what I learned in Leadership Washburn and made me apply it … The group projects are in important component of the class … the end result was fantastic. Each group tackled a problem and provided solutions that had merit.”

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Eric Moss

Associate Director
Facilities Services

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“The time, energy and money put into this program was a wise investment. This program not only changed my work life but my personal life as well. I am a better (stronger) person because of this program. I suspect Washburn will reap the benefits of this program from its investment in Leadership Washburn until we retire…It is impossible to calculate how many bottlenecks, problems, and mistakes have been averted in our careers because of this program.”

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Jennifer Robert

Director of Strategic Advancement Information
Washburn University Foundation

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“The thoughtfulness that was put into designing the program with representatives across campus and varying leadership topics which generated conversation and stimulated discussion increased the effectiveness of the program. The formal approach of bringing a defined group of pre-selected individuals together and strengthen the entire institution with that combined knowledge and power was phenomenal!”

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 Michael McGuire

Dean of Honors/Associate Professor of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

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"I took something away from each monthly session. As a whole, I felt the class provided me with tools and insight on being a better contributor to Washburn University … There was real applicability for (the Lean Six Sigma) tool. I am now more “process” oriented and have another approach to trouble shoot and problem solve … The Individual Action Plan and continuous leadership development (requirements) have ensured that I will continue to grow as both a leader and contributor here at Washburn."

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Chris Enos

Sergeant
University Police

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“Leadership Washburn was one of the most rewarding professional development experiences I have ever participated in.  After completing the program I have a much stronger connection to Washburn as an institution than I ever had before.  I was exposed to areas of the institution I was completely unfamiliar with, and this exposure allowed me to see Washburn from outside of my own department.  Probably the most rewarding aspect for me was the personal connections I now have with other members of the campus community which I probably never would have had otherwise.  After having had the opportunity to meet and work with people from all over the campus I was impressed with the intelligence and ability of each of them.  Knowing that I am a part of such an impressive team really gives me great pride.  One of my biggest take a ways from the program was my new found understanding of Washburn's larger overall mission outside of my own department.  Not only the mission of educating and preparing students, but the important role Washburn plays in this region and even on a national level.  This program really allowed me to see how my work is one small part of this overall mission, and that no matter what your position is at Washburn we can each play an important leadership role.”

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Mike Russell

Director Scholarly Creative WTE/Associate Professor of Psychology
College of Arts & Sciences

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“The Leadership Washburn program is a truly commendable program and a major asset to Washburn University.  The program has provided me with knowledge and skills that I can apply in my role as the Scholarly Creative WTE Area Director and as the WTE Director of Marketing and Assessment.  The Leadership Washburn program has also provided me with a sound and strategic manner with which to solve problems and make changes. Reading books and countless articles about leadership, learning about and performing a S.W.A.T. analysis, interviewing others about my strengths/weaknesses, and writing a self-study were ways that have dramatically improved my ability to serve as a leader ... I truly hope that every Washburn University faculty and staff member has an opportunity to participate in the program.  If so, there is no doubt the result will be a dramatically enhanced institution.”

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Brad Clark

Teacher Computer Repair/Networking
Washburn Institute of Technology

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“Leadership Washburn has been, and continues to be, a great learning opportunity.  Leadership Washburn provided this classroom instructor an opportunity to learn about leadership philosophy, strategic thinking, and problem solving techniques.  Meeting and working with Washburn employees from different schools and departments has provided me with new friends and contacts that allow me to quickly find the right person with the right information at the right time.  As a graduate I have additional confidence in myself and my work when I undertake new tasks and responsibilities.”

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Marian Jamison

Associate Dean/Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing

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“The opportunities to get to know people from other departments and to tour various parts of the campus were particularly valuable to me. These experiences helped broaden my perspective of life at Washburn University plus helped my make new friends on campus. The program provided opportunities to obtain feedback (that) helped boost my confidence in my communication and leadership skills.”

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Kerry Wynn

Assistant Professor of History
College of Arts and Sciences

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“Leadership Washburn introduced me to colleagues I had never met, and allowed me to spend time with others I already knew and valued, which has enriched my life at Washburn.  My experiences in Leadership Washburn also inspired me to take the initiative in creating new and innovative academic events.”

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Tracy Routsong

Associate Professor of Communications
College of Arts and Sciences

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“Leadership Washburn has been among the most rewarding experiences I have had at Washburn University. Networking with people from all over both Washburn and Washburn tech, this was one of the first times that I felt truly connected to people from all facets of the university. Additionally, LW also provided an opportunity for individual leadership growth and understanding my personal strengths and weaknesses.  I will always be thankful for being able to participate in the inaugural class of Leadership Washburn.”

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