Past Leadership Challenge Events

All 4 Past LCE Fellows

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Leadership Challenge Event History

The 2017 LCE™ was led by Sarah Edelman and the theme challenged students to work both individually and as a team during a community outbreak of norovirus following the centennial celebration of a large festival. 33 teams participated, 25 of those being from high schools and 8 from colleges and universities. During the conference, student participants  learned about the importance of diversity, being a team player and likeable in the workplace, and were certified in FEMA Incident Command System.

The 2016 LCE™ was led by Madison Wiegers and the theme challenged students to work both individually and as a team to bring a large manufacturing corporation to the fictional city of Metropolis. 30 teams participated, 25 of those being from high schools and 5 from colleges and universities. During the conference, student participants learned about community and corporate collaboration, crucial conversations and conflict management, team building, and the importance of humility.

The 2015 LCE was led by Marissa Dake and the theme challenged students to work both individually and as a team to work for a fictional community organization focused on reducing crime rates, poverty, and unemployment. 29 teams participated, 24 of those being from high schools and 5 from colleges and universities. During the conference, student participants learned about contextual leadership, listening skills, innovation and creativity, and how to address stress.

The 2014 LCE was led by Kristen Onions and the theme challenged students to work both individually and as a team to overcome the chaos created from a flash flood disaster.  27 teams participated, 20 of those being from high schools and 7 from colleges and universities. During the conference, student participants learned about collaboration, healthy ways of handling conflict, managing nonverbals, and diversity and social responsibility.

The 2013 LCE was led by Kristen Onions and the theme challenged students to work both individually and as a team to organize a campaign for a candidate running for Mayor of Metropolis.  28 teams participated, 20 of those being from high schools and 8 from colleges and universities. During the conference, student participants heard from David Kensinger, the campaign manager for Governor Brownback's campaign in 2010, and Kim Borchers, the Director of Appointments for Governor Brownback.

The 2012 LCE was led by Shea Kirsop and the theme challenged students to work both individually and as a team to solve a budget crisis resulting from the embezzlement of millions of dollars within the Central Kansas Community Foundation. 19 teams participated, twelve of those being from high schools and seven from colleges and universities. During the conference, student participants learned about organizational leadership and positional leadership from Topeka's leaders, such as Laura Burton, Phillip Davis, Jeri Hansen, Miriam Krehbiel, and Charlie Lord.

The Leadership Challenge Eventwas created in 2011 through the work of Lauren Edelman (Eckert), a senior in the Leadership Institute. Together with student volunteers, the first Leadership Challenge Event challenged students to overcome the chaos of a campus shooting occurring at Central Kansas University, a fictional campus in Metropolis, Central Kansas.15 teams participated, ten of those being from high schools and six from colleges and universities. During the conference, student participants learned about ethics in leadership, personal leadership styles and orientations, conflict management and consensus building, effective communication, and participated in various team building activities.