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September 2013 News Releases

2014 Leadership Challenge Event prepares for Fall Launch

Washburn’s fourth annual Leadership Challenge Event will host its Fall Launch at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center. Be there as volunteer registration opens for the 2014 Leadership Challenge Event and help those involved with the 2013 challenge to celebrate their success. Attire is business casual.

“Our sponsors will be there, we’ll present the promotional video from last year to rev-up the crowd,” said Braden McGinnis, student director for communications for the challenge event. “Last year, we left feeling even more excited.”

The Leadership Challenge Event brings teams of high school and college students to Washburn and puts them through two days of real-world leadership simulation. Each year the simulation is different and the participants don’t know what they’ll be doing. They are judged on things like decision-making and teamwork. It is planned, developed and executed by Washburn students.

About 200 student volunteers will be needed this year. Last year, 173 students participated as volunteers who do everything from helping participants find rooms to producing simulation materials.

McGinnis, a business management and marketing major from Oskaloosa, Kan., said his favorite part of last year’s challenge was the videos, presented as live TV news coverage, “and the curves we threw them during the simulation.”

He said the decision to stay involved was an easy one because it relates to his chosen field and the experience is incredible.

“It defines management more for me,” he said. “And seeing the students working together – in high school you don’t get a chance in most situations to really sit down like that and work together.”

The 2014 Leadership Challenge Event will take place April 3 and 4. Student leaders for this year’s event are:

  • Kristen Onions, Leadership Challenge Event fellow, Shawnee, Kan.
  • Rachel Beiker, student director for logistics, Rossville, Kan.
  • Rachel Klaus, student director for outreach, Garden City, Kan.
  • Becca Maasen, student director for hospitality, Lenexa, Kan.
  • Braden McGinnis, student director for communications, Oskaloosa, Kan.
  • Kaitlyn Truesdell, student director for volunteers, Topeka, Kan.

If you have questions about the Leadership Challenge Event or the Washburn Leadership Institute, you are encouraged to contact Michael Gleason, director, Washburn Leadership Institute.

Michael Gleason, director, leadership institute, 785-670-2000
Michaela Saunders, university relations, 785-670-2154