The Leadership Challenge Event™ is a two-day leadership development program that consists of a half-day educational orientation conference and a full-day competitive leadership simulation in which small teams of high school and college students interact within a variety of leadership environments. This is a student-led event and is facilitated by the students of the Washburn University Leadership Institute.
Day 1: The Orientation (Thursday, March 31, 2016)
The orientation portion of the Leadership Challenge Event™ is more traditional and allows students to learn from area experts about key leadership competencies, many of which are evaluated during the leadership simulation on Friday.
Leaders from the Washburn campus and community provided insights and leadership lessons in the following break-out sessions:
Session 1: Community Collaboration Panel
Michel’ Cole, Tara Dimick, Susan Duffy, Miriam Krehbiel (moderator)
Session 2: Crucial Conversations
Marissa Dake & Greg Pruett
Session 3: Team Building Workshop
Session 4: What Goes Up Must Come Down: Why Humility Comes Before Honor
Dr. David Carter
On Thursday evening student participants, team advisors, event sponsors and community members gathered at the Washburn Memorial Union for a banquet and Annual Chamber meeting where the Chamber President & CEO discussed the creation of a task force specifically focused on furthering the economic development in Metropolis. They were to find new and creative ways to help grow the business community.
Additionally, the banquet featured keynote speaker, Martha Bartlett Piland. After graduating from Washburn University, Martha spent several years in retail management before joining a major Midwestern marketing firm, which helped launch her career as one of the premier marketing professionals in her field. In 1998 MB Piland Adverting & Marketing was born. Martha shared her insights on why it is so important to be a powerful problem solver and how the students could enhance their creative muscle.
Day 2: The Competitive Simulation (Friday, April 1, 2016)
The full-day competitive leadership simulation prompted students to work both individually and as a team to solve critical leadership challenges. Students were judged continuously throughout the competition, and winning teams were announced at the end of the day.
The simulation recreated real-world leadership scenarios for students in a variety of methods:
- Live interactions in which community leaders role-played scenarios with participants to enhance the reality of the simulation
- Video and audio feeds that provided real-time updates and simulation theatrics were used for participants to gain information and make decisions
- Planned and unplanned tasks and meetings for team members
- Recruitment presentations where students had to create and present innovative proposals to professionals.