"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." — John C Maxwell

Listed below are all of the various leadership opportunities offered through Student Life including: the Engaging Leaders program, Leadership Summit, Leadership Speakers, iEngage Lunch Series. Leadership skills are also gained when you are an active member of a student organization, participate in service events, and/or take on responsibilities related to events/ activities on campus. Come in and chat with the Student Life staff to find a leadership opportunity that works for you!

Engaging Leaders: A Student Leadership Program

Engaging Leaders is an opportunity for students to develop and strengthen their leadership skills. Whether you have past leadership experience or you are looking for new opportunities, the Engaging Leaders program will meet your individual needs. Participate in dynamic activities designed to help you form your own personal Leadership Philosophy. Your Leadership Philosophy is a great tool to help guide your decisions.  

Acceptance is competitive and space is limited. The program will be offered each semester. Participants must be available on Thursdays from 3:30- 5 p.m. for the semester they participate. Participants will move through the program as a cohort and must attend all components in order to complete the program.

Fall 2017 Schedule:

Date Topic Covered
9/28 Orientation
10/5 Model the Way
10/12 Inspire a Shared Vision
10/19 Challenge the Process
10/26 Servant Leadership
11/2 Enable Others to Act
11/9 Encourage the Heart
11/16 Waubonsee/ Local Leaders Panel
11/23 Thanksgiving Break
11/30 Leadership Philosophy Presentations

Applications for the spring semester will be out by December 1. The spring program will begin on February 15 with meetings every Thursday at 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Leadership Summit

Each semester, a one-day leadership summit is held, often featuring a keynote with various sessions or workshops for students to attend.
The fall 2017 date is Saturday, October 14, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Register here for the Leadership Summit.

iEngage Lunch Series

Four times a semester, we invite students to have a free lunch with a Waubonsee faculty, staff, or administrator. This is an opportunity to learn about their leadership styles, philosophies, life paths, and more. This is a great opportunity to make connections across campus to people who can help you along the way, offer great advice, and maybe even serve as a mentor. 

All lunches take place from 12:30 - 2 p.m. in STC cafe unless otherwise noted. 

  • Thursday, September 14: Sharron Garcia, Assistant Dean for Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Tuesday, OOctober 10: Christine Corrigan, Dean for Online Learning and Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology
  • Wednesday, Dr. Jess Toussaint, Dean for Health Professions and Public Service
  • Tuesday, November 7: Dr. Laura Ortiz, Dean for Social Sciences, Education and World Languages

Register here for an iEngage Lunch Series session.

Leadership Speakers

The National Society for Leadership and Success hosts various speakers each semester with several re-broadcast dates. The events are open to any student who wants to take the opportunity to listen to leadership lessons, stories, inspirations, etc. The first date in the series is a live broadcast with the opportunity to interact with the speaker via social media.
October 10 - Kathryn Minshew
6 - 7:15 p.m. in APC 120

Kathryn Minshew is the Muse's co-founder and CEO. She was named to Forbes' 30 under 30 in Media, and Inc's 15 Women to Work in Tech. Before founding The Muse, Kathryn worked on vaccines in Rwanda and Malawi with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and was previously at McKinsey.

Rebroadcast Dates: 
October 19: 3 - 4:15 p.m. in BDE 147 & 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. in DWNTN 244

October 17 - Sir Richard Branson

6 - 7:15 p.m. in APC 120

Sir Richard Branson is an English business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He founded the Virgin Group, which controls more than 400 companies. In March 2000, Branson was knighted at Buckingham Palace for "services to entrepreneurship."  In 2002 he was named in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.  In March 2017, Forbes listed Branson's estimated net worth at $5 billion.

Rebroadcast Dates:
October 25: 
 2 - 3:15 p.m. in BDE 106
October 26: 3 - 4:15 p.m. in BDE 147 

October 24 - Wendy Williams
6 - 7:15 p.m. in APC 120

Wendy Williams is best known for her long-running Daytime Emmy® nominated talk show, “The Wendy Williams Show.” The nationally syndicated weekday program airs in 52 countries, on BET at midnight, and launched its eighth season on September 19th 2016. Williams is a mother, wife, media mogul, entrepreneur, performer and best-selling author.

Rebroadcast Dates:
November 1: 
1 - 2:15 p.m. in BDE 106
November 2: 3 - 4:15 p.m. in BDE 147 & 2:45 - 4 p.m. in DWNTN 244

November 8 - Simon Sinek
6 - 7:15 p.m. in APC 120

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Simon teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work, Simon is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.

Rebroadcast Dates:
November 16: 
1 - 2:15 p.m. in BDE 147
November 17: 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. in BDE 147 & 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. in DWNTN 244