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Leaders at The Woods

Wednesday Oct 20, 2021 11:00 AM - Saturday Oct 23, 2021 10:00 AM

Join us to learn about Leadership at the woods

We are excited to announce the first annual Leaders at The Woods Leadership Summit with events for students, alumni, faculty, staff and our community. This four-day event is sponsored by University Advancement, the WWU Leadership Center, Student Activities Council, and the WWU Alumni Association, and will feature a Keynote Address from Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett on “Transformational Leadership”. Please plan to join us.

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Wednesday, October 20

11 A.M. - 1 P.M.

Callaway Careers Student Invitational with area employers

Playhouse Cafe, Downtown Fulton (limited to 40 students)

Student invitational with Dr. Thomas Trice and Dr. Stephen Forsha.

WWU students are invited to network and participate in a discussion with local employers as they discuss career opportunities in their company and field. Co-hosted with Westminster College; seating is limited to 40 students and lunch is provided. Hear from 1Canoe2, ABB, AZZ, Dollar General Distribution, and PFS Brands. Be sure to secure your seat! RSVP to LEAD EVENT Sponsored by the WWU University Advancement and Leadership Center.

6:30 - 7:30 P.M.

"From the Classroom to Real-world Experience." - MBA Student Research Panel

Cutlip Auditorium, McNutt Campus Center

Moderated by Dr. Thomas Trice and Dr. Stephen Forsha.

MBA students will provide an overview of their organization analysis plan for the University of Missouri Saint Louis College of Optometry. LEAD EVENT Sponsored by the WWU University Advancement and Leadership Center.

Thursday, October 21

10 - 11:30 A.M.

Alumni Lecture and Brunch

Cutlip Auditorium. McNutt Campus Center

Dr. Mardy Leathers ’14 on “Transformational Leadership”.

Are you ready to inspire people with a powerful vision? To create positive energy, ignite passion, and foster a work environment that thrives on personal motivation, adaptability, collaboration, and accountability? This is what transformational leadership is all about. You challenge the status quo and become a conduit for sustainable success. With a clear roadmap, WWU alumnus and MBA faculty Dr. Mardy Leathers will speak on what it takes to be a “change agent”. Dr. Leathers is the director of the the Missouri Division of Workforce Development that helps job seekers find gainful employment and provides businesses with a skilled, trained workforce. LEAD EVENT Sponsored by Student Alumni Council and WWU Leadership Center.

3 - 4 P.M.

Leadership Symposium

Cutlip Auditorium, McNutt Campus Center

Dr. Thomas Trice hosts a panel discussion including area leaders. “Crisis Leadership, Strategies Implemented by Area Business Leaders Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic." Hear from a panel of area corporate and industry leaders from Ameren, AZZ, and the Callaway YMCA.

LEAD EVENT Sponsored by WWU Leadership Center.

5 P.M.


Cutlip Auditorium, McNutt Campus Center

Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett on “Transformational Leadership".

In her final speaking engagement as President of William Woods University, Dr. Barnett reflects on lessons learned and how implementing change within yourself and your team or organization can inspire extraordinary performance. LEAD EVENT Sponsored by University Advancement.

Friday, October 22

10 - 11 A.M.

Professional Development Morning Meet-up

Cutlip Auditorium, McNutt Campus Center

Dr. Miriam O’Callaghan on “Organizational Leadership & Emotional Intelligence”.

The ability to resolve team conflict using emotional intelligence (EI) and adapting your management style to every situation is an important skill to bring to any organization you lead. In this session, chair of the WWU Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program, Dr. Miriam O’Callaghan, will present on how EI can be used to motivate every member of your team – even if they don’t share your value. LEAD EVENT Sponsored by WWU Leadership Center.

3 P.M.

Professional Development Mid Afternoon Meet-up

Cutlip Auditorium, McNutt Campus Center

President of WWU Alumni Association Gretchen Adams ’87 on “Service Leadership: The 21 Laws of Leadership”.

Join WWU Alumni Association President Gretchen Adams was she leads a discussion on Service Leadership and the “Law of Legacy.” Personal achievement comes when you do big things by yourself, success comes when you empower followers to do big things for you, significance comes when you develop leaders to do great things with you, and legacy comes when you put leaders in position to do great things without you. LEAD EVENT Sponsored by WWU Student Alumni Council.

6 - 8 P.M.

"Haunted History of The Woods" - Ghost Tours with Dr. Joseph Davis and Joe Potter

Thurmond Chapel and Dulany Auditorium

Join SAC as they lead the “Haunted History of The Woods” Ghost Tour. Dr. Joe Davis will present a historical overview of the area while Theater Director Joe Potter shares personal encounters inside the haunted buildings on campus. Limited spots are available with COVID safety protocols. Tours will depart every half-hour (6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30) from Thurmond Chapel. RSVP to LEAD EVENT Sponsored by Student Alumni Council.

7 - 9 P.M.

Bonfire Social

Junior Lake

Following the Haunted History tour, join SAC for a bonfire and s’mores alongside our beautiful and serene Junior Lake. LEAD EVENT Sponsored by Student Alumni Council.

Saturday, October 23

8 - 10 A.M.

WWU Alumni Board Breakfast and Meeting

Burton Business and Economics Building (Room 6)

Join us for the Alumni Board Breakfast from 8 - 9 a.m. along with special guests Dr. Thomas Trice and Dr. Stephen Forsha of the School of Business and Technology and the Leadership Center. At 10 a.m, we will hold the Alumni All Board Fall Meeting, which is open to all alumni and the public.