Student Government hosted a free leadership conference Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Fine Arts Theatre. The event ran from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Planned and hosted by Matthew Boyd, the conference represented an effort for student government to share some of what they have learned at St. Clair County Community College. They plan to make this an annual event.
Despite disappointing attendance, Jonathon Brewer, a speaker at the conference, feels this was a success, stating, “I believe the learning opportunities the conference provided were extremely impressive. As a presenter, I believe I learned just as much from the audience as the audience learned from me. For the future success of this event, I highly encourage more students to go, even for a little while, and learn something new.”
Matthew Boyd said, “The event was great and the lineup of presenters were phenomenal. I was proud of everyone that helped.”
The speakers were as follows:
Dan McCarty, MBA and former Fortune 500 CEO, discussed the importance of doing as a leader in his presentation, “Execution – Applied Leadership.”
Jonathon Brewer, Student Government Vice President, on the critical role of communication in, “How communication affects leadership.”
Carrie Bearss, Registrar, spoke about key situations in her life that helped her develop her leadership style in her speech titled, “Taking the road less traveled … to leadership.”
James Jones, Criminal Justice instructor, through “Taking a leadership stance against hostile environments” discussed how to identify and deal with bullying in schools and workplaces.
Rachel Olivia Kobylas, former Student Government Vice President, discussed “Leadership in the face of adversity or controversy,” emphasizing that not everyone is going to agree with you, and how to cope with that.
Shawn Starkey, Executive Director of Public relations, Marketing, and Legislative Affairs, spoke on “10 lessons learned from good and bad leaders,” including such lessons as “Lead by example” and “be decisive.”
Pete Lacey, Vice President of Student Services, presented how to “Discover your Leadership Potential,” discussing challenges leaders face and the rewards inherent with overcoming these challenges.
Chuck King, last year’s Student Government President, covers some basic steps to improve your leadership skills in his speech, “Leadership 101.”