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Leadership Academy

2015 Leadership Academy

All SUA Students Invited!

Saint Ursula Academy hosted an annual Leadership Academy on Saturday, March 21 from 9 am – 3 pm. This special event featured both alumnae and friends of SUA who shared stories of how they are both prophets and leaders in their daily lives. We encouraged all students to attend the Leadership Academy, whether they currently had a leadership position or are interested in one in the future.
Follow the leader: You are the leader!
Presenter: Kathy McMahon-Klosterman Eminent Faculty Scholar for Community Engagement & Service, Emerita, Professor Emerita: Educational Psychology, Miami University

What does leadership look like in practice? How do we make decisions about how to lead and not be considered ‘bossy’? What issues move you enough to be a leader? How have others been effective leaders? What models do women have for leadership? How do we claim our power and take action? How do we respond to conflict that is inevitable during times of change? How do we act as allies to a marginalized group? How do we maintain love in the face of hate or oppression? What does it mean to have courage?

Understanding history and how change has occurred provides a guide to strategies for action. We will look at examples of women’s leadership, hear stories of positive change for social justice and explore what strategies can be used today or adapted from past activists.

This is not a spectator only event. You will be engaged in dialogue and activities to stimulate your imagination for action.
Session #1 - 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Servant Leadership: Empowering Others, Empowering Ourselves
Presenter: Meghan Clarke, M E Clarke Consulting Principal/Founder
This interactive session will introduce the fundamentals of Servant Leadership, tying them to Angela Merici’s principles of Service, Spirituality, Community and Leadership. Using our experiences as Ursuline women, we will examine our responsibility to make a difference and be of service. As Angela so aptly put it, “Concerning the people entrusted to our care: the more you esteem them, the more you will love them; the more you love them, the more you will care for and watch over them. And it will be impossible for you not to cherish them day and night and have them all engraved in your heart, one by one, for this is how real love acts and works.” Using dialogue, video and interactive exercises, we will uncover our ability to make a conscious decision to be a leader who emphasizes teamwork and community, decision making that involves others, one that stresses ethical and caring behavior and one that encourages people to “become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely to become servants themselves.” It involves a long term commitment to set priorities, to be self-reflective, to be flexible, to be able to function within the complexities of human and organizational dynamics and to live with the paradox - servant-leader: empowering others, empowering ourselves.
Look Up!
Presenter: Ashley Farnsley, University Connect and Persist Specialist at NKU
How much time do you spend on an average day on your phone or computer, talking with friends and family through social media like SnapChat, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook? Now compare that to the amount of time you talk with people face to face. Increasingly we are spending more and more time “talking” to each other through technology rather than in person. Now, more than ever, it is important to practice looking up in a technology based world. In this session participants will engage in activities meant to allow them to find connections to others with whom they would not necessarily think they had similarities.
Lifelong Learning: Never Stop!
Presenter: Dr. Sheela Geraghty ’87, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
In this session Dr. Geraghty will discuss how learning is a life-long process. Using herself as an example, Dr. Geraghty will talk about how after high school, she went to college, medical school, obtained a master’s degree, and completed training to become a pediatrician and lactation consultant. Dr. Geraghty’s session will be very interactive and get students to think of all of the exciting learning possibilities which they will all have. Dr. Geraghty will talk about how St. Ursula prepares students not only for college, but for the many exciting learning opportunities beyond!
Cross-Cultural Communication
Presenter: Anupa Mirle, Director of the Nrityarpana School of Performing Arts
Please note this is a tentative title and description as Ms. Mirle is currently traveling in India; a complete description will be available by February 20, 2015. This session will address skills for communicating across our differences, bringing home the fact that irrespective of gender, color, and creeds, people are similar and have similar conversations though they made be wrapped in different shades.  
Session #2 - 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM 
Working in a Male Dominated Profession
Presenter: Jessica Jennings, Asset Economist at BP
What would it be like to look around every day and see that most of your colleagues are male? In this session, explore the world of engineering and learn how gender issues can complicate the work environment. We will discuss what it takes to not only make it, but excel in a male dominated field including skills such as projecting confidence, learning to love criticism, and the importance of mentorship and sponsorship.
“Don’t Throw Your Pearls to Pigs” (Matthew 7:6)
Presenter: Beth Nowak, Founder and CEO of Giving Families
While sharing her series of unfortunate life events, Ms. Nowak will explain how the emergence of specific patterns helped her to break free from her past, crushing generational curses along the way and resulting in freedom, joy and peace of mind. Hear her story and learn how you, too, can be free from the ties that often bind us to fear, pain and heartache. Participants will have a chance to develop their own life timelines as a way to reflect on key decisions and help along the way.
Networking 101: It’s About Who You Know
Presenter: President Pro Tem Yvette Simpson, Cincinnati City Council
Successful leaders are able to build strong relationships and to make connections with a wide variety of people. In this session, participants will learn the fundamentals of building and maintaining relationships to achieve common goals. They will engage in several exercises, including network mapping and speed – networking as a way to develop relationship-building skills.
You don’t have to be perfect…
Presenter: Kimberley Turner, Assistant Vice President for Student Support & Business Operations at NKU
At what point do young women decide they have to balance it all and be perfect in everything they do? Women receive mixed messages from the media, peers, and colleagues that feed into the notion that we can’t make mistakes. As young women about to embark on life after high school, you need to look for mentors, sponsors and coaches who can help you avoid the pitfalls, but who can also help you see that mistakes are a part of life and a part of growth. When we learn to hold each other up rather than compete and tear each other down, we will be united as a strong force from which we can grow and develop personally and professionally.
Session #3 - 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
 Insights, Ideas and Innovation
Presenter: Julie Elkus, Director of Innovation and Design at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
We appreciate innovation when our needs are met in new and different ways (think Starbucks for coffee vs. brewing at home; creating personal libraries of music available whenever and wherever we want it; doing laundry with the toss of an “all in one” pod). But how do those innovations come about? Contrary to the perception of a “lone genius” coming up with novel ideas no one else could imagine, many companies employ a structured approach to innovation. In this session, I will walk students through one such approach, using examples and case studies to bring it to life. We will also discuss what it means to have an innovation “mindset” and the principles behind discovering novel products and services that delight us.
Education: Beyond the Academics
Presenter: Crystal Kendrick, President of The Voice of Your Customer
Most students think that employers only look for candidates with very high GPAs. This idea could not be further from the truth. Ms. Kendrick, a local business owner, will discuss how high school and college students can prepare to land the job of your dreams while in school and after graduation. The next 50 minutes are guaranteed to change your life!
St. Angela Merici, Princess Diana, Pope Francis, Mother Teresa, MLK, Jr., Susan B. Anthony and Gandhi…
Presenter: Claire Luby ’06, Program Coordinator at St. Vincent de Paul
Things these people do not have in common: the decade they lived, their religious affiliation, their upbringings, their place of residence, their gender, their race, their clothing, the field in which they worked. What these people do have in common: belief in leadership for the common good. These people were focused on using their incredible skills, knowledge, passion and creativity to help communities become safer, healthier, happier and more just. They did not measure their success by the size of their paycheck, rather by the well-being of their neighbors. The world needs more leaders like them; come learn how you can be one. When you look back on your life, you will be able to say, “This world is a little bit better because ‘I was here.’”
Feedback – Because you don’t argue with yourself.
Presenter: Anne Magnan, Assistant Director of Training at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
It can often feel easier to talk about someone rather than talking to someone. Even though we understand its value, true feedback is both hard to offer and hard to receive. Feedback is hard for everyone and, yet, conversations offering productive feedback and receiving feedback well can be some of the most impactful conversations we ever have. This session will explore what makes feedback hard and why it’s sometimes easier to talk around issues rather than addressing them. Come ready to explore how you handle conflict and how to cultivate your readiness to offer and receive feedback.


To register, please click HERE.
Deborah Majoras, former chairman of the Federal Trade Commission and current Chief Legal Counsel for P&G, presented at the 2013 Leadership Academy.
For questions, please contact Ms. Durso (kdurso@saintursula.org) or Ms. Jennings (kjennings@saintursula.org).