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Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio
Leadership Conference draws hundreds to Columbus State
The 3rd annual Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio was hosted at Columbus State November
9-10. Eleven Ohio colleges and more than 200 students navigated pathways of service,
engagement and diversity.
Conference participants learned about developing themselves through hands-on experiences, how to practice networking, and how to expand their leadership skills. Keynote speakers included Bill Weaver, an executive leadership consultant and 44-year educator; and Stephanie Matthews, who shared photographs of her journey in the Dominican Republic of Congo as executive director of a children’s home. Thirty presenters including faculty, administrators, students and alumni presented 26 workshops, from “Diversity in Leadership Styles” by Karsten Look, a Columbus State faculty member, to “From Past Hardships to Future Passions: An Opportunity in Disguise” given by Judah Gartman, an AmeriCorps member.
The conference this year also included a service project, with colleges participating in a Toy Challenge. Owens Community College, Toledo, won the challenge by bringing in the most donations, with Muskingum, Stark State, Southern State and Columbus State also participating.
To complete the service project, participants decorated duffle bags for children in foster care. According to Franklin County Children Services, when foster children transition between homes, their belongings are often transported in garbage bags. The Leadership Conference service project provides these children with their own duffle bag--something so small that makes a big impact. One hundred duffle bags and more than 600 toys and books were collected to donate to the Franklin County Children Services Holiday Wish Program!
If you are interested in serving on next year’s Leadership Conference Committee, please email Heather Borland to receive information and future meeting dates. The committee will meet monthly January through November 2013. Next year’s conference will be held November 8-9, 2013.