Saturday, October 4 marked the fourth annual Aspiring Leaders Conference at Marian University, organized by the Office of Student Activities and Orientation. The conference is for student leaders of all levels of involvement who want to take their leadership to the next level.
“We created this event to give students an opportunity to explore leadership. The conference format allows students to choose from a variety of topics in leadership and tailor the experience to their interests,” said Ben Braksick, director of Student Activities and Orientation.
The event is a collaboration of departments and entities throughout campus, bringing together faculty and staff to talk to students about how to effectively lead no matter their chosen professions.
Ellen Whitt, executive director of The Exchange, brought her more than twenty years’ experience working with Indiana leaders to the conference, sharing with students the characteristics learned from real-world leaders she has worked with, including, United States Senator Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Secretary of State Sue Anne Gilroy, and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.
Tyson Wooters gave the key note address, “Always Wear Your Head,” drawing on his years as the Oregon Duck—a beloved and award-winning NCAA mascot—to illuminate the life-altering power of being a part of something much larger than yourself.
Other presenters included Dr. Art Canales, associate professor of pastoral theology and ministry at Marian University; Dr. Kyle Kellam, assistant professor of communication and coach of the speech team; Joel Hall, assistant professor in the Byrum School of Business; and Karen McNulty, assistant director of alumni relations; among others.
“The conference has grown over the past few years in both student attendance and the number of sessions offered. There is both a need for transformative leaders in the community and a real student interest in pursuing those opportunities,” said Braksick.